The index, released on Tuesday, based on data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) provides data on what level of access each passport offers and what visas are required.
The Japanese passport provides access to most of the world's destinations without a visa, according to the passport index published by the British law firm Henley & Partners.
Persons holding a Japanese passport can enter 191 countries without a visa, or obtain it upon entry. The Singapore passport ranked second, offering visa-free entry into 190 countries. It is followed by Germany and South Korea, which allow entry into 189 countries. Having a Japanese passport has always been helpful, it used to be ranked in second place. And according to the Japanese government, this reflects the good international image of the country, the third largest economy and one of the safest countries in the world.
When ranking passports, current travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic were not taken into account. While Japanese tourists are among those from 14 countries who can travel to the EU again from July 1, entry restrictions remain in place for, say, the United States, whose passport ranks seventh.
The Croatian passport is in 19th place and can be used to travel without a visa to 170 countries. According to this index, Croatia was in 20th place last year, that is, with a Croatian passport it was possible to travel to 169 countries without a visa.
In fact, it is noticeable that the passport of the Republic of Croatia has been gaining in "value" in recent years. In 2018, Croatia was the worst in the EU according to this index. It was possible to travel without a visa to 155 countries. In two years, the citizens of the Republic of Croatia have received 15 new countries of the world for which they do not need a visa if they have the money, time and will to travel.