We can all agree that the most tedious and laborious task when it comes to travel planning, is possibly the visa application process, with packing coming in as a close second.
Whilst South Africans have to go through the Visa application process to gain access to certain countries while traveling, a new report reveals just how many borders some travel documents can cross – with Japan leading the pack with 190 countries!
As stated on CNN, according to the Henley Passport Index, compiled by global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley & Partners, Japan now has the most powerful passport on the planet. Japanese citizens can now enjoy visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to a whopping 190 destinations around the world.
Henley Passport Index Top Ten
1 Japan: 190
2 Singapore: 189
3 Germany, France, South Korea: 188
5 Norway, United Kingdom, Austria, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, United States: 186
8 New Zealand, Czech Republic: 182
9 Iceland: 181
According to BusinessTech, South Africa ranks 50th overall, improving its position with visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 102 countries – up from 98 in 2017, where the passport ranked 55th.
Regionally, South Africa ranked third in Africa, below Mauritius (28th overall, with visa-free access to 145 countries) and the Seychelles (24th overall, with visa-free access to 154 countries).
To paint a very vivid picture: a Japanese citizen can wake up one day and decide ‘eff it, I’m leaving and want to find myself’ and travel to any of the 190 countries! Literally. Maybe… not literally, but you get it.
This is a pretty big deal if you consider how travel visas can be a pain. This allows for a less restriction in travel experiences and offers a wide option pool when it comes to destinations.
Way to go, Japan! We’re not jelly at.all.
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