For the first time in five years, Japan and Singapore have displaced Germany from the first line of the Henley Passport Index. Citizens of both Asian countries now enjoy visa-free access to a record 180 destinations.
In passed years, the German passport was at the top of the rating of free movement updated in real time as visa policies change. After Uzbekistan lifted visa requirements for Japanese and Singaporean citizens in early February, Japan and Singapore rose to the top of the ranking.
In general, the recently observed level of visa policies towards the Asian and Middle Eastern regions was higher than to the European and American ones, where the signing of new cross-border agreements on short-term trips was much less frequent.