"It is therefore with much enthusiasm that we greet the latest announcement from South African Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba about the planned revisions to South Africa's visa policy, which pave the wave for a number of reciprocal waivers for South African passport-holders".
Having gained visa-free access to Myanmar earlier this month, Japanese travelers now enjoy visa-free and visa-on-arrival access to 190 destinations, pushing Singapore, which has visa-free and visa-on-arrival access to 189 countries, to second place on the index. Spot three, for instance, is shared by France, Germany and South Korea, all with 188 visa-free destinations.
It includes 199 different passports and 227 different travel destinations.
It is updated regularly to reflect changes in the number of visa-waiver agreements signed between countries.
A Japanese passport is now the most powerful in the world, allowing holders to travel freely to 190 countries and territories, according to the latest study by law firm Henley & Partners. While Chinese nationals got access to two new areas visa-free or visa-on-arrival, it still slide down tow places to just 71st.
China also climbed by 14 positions to 71, with access to 74 destinations since 2017.
Japan has overtaken Singapore in terms of the most powerful passport.
The two countries were previously tied for the top spot.
However, their progress might be outstripped by Kosovo which officially met all the criteria for visa-liberalization with the EU in July and is now in discussions with the European Council.
Countries with citizenship-by-investment (CBI) programs in place all fall within the top 50 of the Henley Passport Index and are continually rising up the ranking.
Christian H. Kälin, Group Chairman of Henley & Partners, commented in a statement on "the extraordinary results that states can achieve when they work hand in hand with their global peers to build a more interconnected and collaborative world". Newcomer Moldova, which is due to launch its CBI programme in November, has climbed 20 places since 2008.