Passport index: Pandemic pushes Japan to the top, Bangladesh drops out to top 100

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Japan’s passport has been ranked the best in the world amid the coronavirus pandemic, while Bangladesh’s passport has fallen out of the top 100.

The Henley Passport Index, which periodically measures the world’s most travel-friendly passports, has just released its third report of 2020.

Japan sits atop the rankings, offering visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 191 destinations around the world. Singapore is in second place with 190 visa-free destinations, and South Korea ties with Germany in third place with 189 visa-free destinations.

Meanwhile, the report placed Bangladesh at the 101st position, down from 99 in 2019. Bangladesh shares the position with Iran with both countries offering visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 41 destinations.

In South Asia, the report this year ranked India at 85, down from 82 in 2019; Pakistan at 106, down from 104; Sri Lanka at 100, down from 96; Nepal at 104, down from 101; and Myanmar at 96, down from 95.

The United States and the United Kingdom currently holds the seventh place in the index, but under the current EU ban, Americans have around the same level of travel freedom as citizens of Mexico at 25 on the Henley Passport Index and Uruguay at 28.

Although the United States was ranked sixth on the Henley Passport Index in 2019, its passport held much more access than it does in 2020 because did not have the EU ban last year.

According to the index, the worst passports to hold in 2020 include North Korea at 103, Libya, Nepal, Palestinian Territory at 104, Somalia and Yemen 105, Syria at 107, Iraq at 108, and Afghanistan at 109.

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