See the top 10 most Powerful Passports in Asia Right now – Delusional Bubble

Did you know that the first, top, most powerful passports in the world belong to Asian countries?

Henley Passport Index is an International Passport index company that publishes the list of most powerful passports in the world since 2006.

Before moving on with the top 10 most powerful passports in Asia, we encourage you to read our full guide about Visa-related questions if you are not completely familiar with terms such as Visa-free, visa on arrival, or Visa required.

Asian countries are thriving, both economically and politically. In 2020, for the second year in a row, three Asian countries of Japan, Singapore, and South Korea have become the top 3 passports in the world, and the United Arab Emirates could jump from 42nd in 2015 to 18th in 2020!

Country nameAsian RankingMobility score
Japan1191
Singapore2190
South Korea3189
Malaysia4178
United Arab Emirates5171
Hong Kong (SAR China)6170
Brunei7166
Israel8160
Taiwan9146
Macao (SAR China)10144

1- Japan has the most powerful passport in the world

Visa requirements for Japanese citizens

Japan has had the most powerful passport in the world for three straight years from 2018 to 2020. Japanese citizens enjoy traveling to 191 countries in the world Visa-free or by Visa on arrival, including Canada, United States, United Kingdom, the Schengen zone, and China.

The main weakness of the Japanese passport is Central Africa where Japanese citizens have to obtain a visa to travel.

2-Singapore has the 2nd most powerful passport in the world

Visa requirements for Singaporean citizens

Singapore, the small Asian nation, has become the 2nd most powerful in the world with access to 190 countries. 

Singaporean and Japanese passports are almost identical with a few differences. Singaporean citizens enjoy visa-free traveling to Cuba and New Zealand while Japanese citizens have access to Venezuela and Guyana, but Japanese citizens can apply eVisa for New Zealand which is the reason why Japanese passport is still better than Singaporean passport officially!

3- South Korea has the 3rd most powerful passport in the world

Visa requirements for South Korean citizens

The next spot belongs to South Korea that has the 3rd most powerful passport in the world, and in Asia. South Korean citizens enjoy having 189 countries to travel to, hassle-free!

Cons: South Korean passport is identical to Japanese and Singaporean passport with minor differences like having Russia instead of China, and travel ban for 6 countries that were instructed by South Korea’s government because of safety reasons.

4- Malaysia has the 4th most powerful passport in Asia

Visa requirements for Malaysian citizens

Malaysia has the 4th most powerful passport in Asia while Malaysian passport is the 14th most powerful passport in the world. Malaysians enjoy traveling to 178 countries.

Cons: The main con of Malaysian passport is not having Canada, United States, Russia, and China as Visa-free destinations, however, It’s quite easy for Malaysian citizens to obtain 10 years tourist visa for the US and Canada.

The Malaysian government has banned its citizens to travel to North Korea due to safety reasons.

5- United Arab Emirates has the 5th most powerful passport in Asia

Visa requirements for Emirati citizens

The United Arab Emirates has the 5th most powerful passport in Asia, as well as the 18th most powerful passport in the world. Emirati citizens enjoy having 171 countries to travel to, without a visa, or by VOA. 

Emirati passport does not have the United States, but it does have both China and Russia, as well as all European countries and Canada.

Emirati citizens are allowed to live and work freely within the Persian Gulf’s other Arab states (currently excluding Qatar).

6- Hong Kong has the 6th most powerful passport in Asia

Visa requirements for HKSAR citizens

Hong Kong, a small self-governing state within China, has the 6th most powerful passport in Asia, as well as the 19th most powerful passport in the world. Hong Kong citizens enjoy having 170 countries to travel to, without a visa, or by VOA.

Hong Kong citizens have access to China while having a passport, far better than the Chinese passport, because of Hong Kong’s history of being colonized by Great Britain for 99 years (which finished recently).

7- Brunei has the 7th most powerful passport in Asia

Visa requirements for Bruneian citizens

Brunei, a small Asian monarchy, has the 7th most powerful passport in Asia, as well as the 22nd most powerful passport in the world. Brunei citizens enjoy having 166 countries to travel to, without a visa, or by VOA.

Brunei, Grenada, Mauritius, and Seychelles are the only countries in the world with visa-free access to Russia, China, Schengen Area, and the United Kingdom.

8- Israel has the 8th most powerful passport in Asia

Visa requirements for Israeli citizens

Israel has the 8th most powerful passport in Asia, as well as the 24th most powerful passport in the world. Israeli citizens enjoy having 160 countries to travel to, without a visa, or by VOA.

Cons: Israeli citizens are not allowed to travel to 18 countries of Algeria, Comoros, Djibouti, Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen because these states do not recognize the state of Israel. However, some of the Arab countries may lift this barrier shortly, like what Qatar that now allows Israeli citizens to visit Qatar.

9- Taiwan has the 9th most powerful passport in Asia

Visa requirements for Taiwanese citizens May 2019

Taiwan has the 9th most powerful passport in Asia, as well as the 33rd most powerful passport in the world. Taiwanese citizens enjoy having 146 countries to travel to, without a visa, or by VOA.

Taiwan is not recognized by China as a sovereign state, and Taiwanese citizens cannot travel to mainland China unless they obtain a travel document from China’s government which enables them to stay in China for the length of the travel document.

10- Macau has the 10th most powerful passport in Asia

Visa requirements for Chinese citizens of Macau

Macau, the small self-governing state within China, has the 10th most powerful passport in Asia, as well as the 34th most powerful passport in the world. Macau citizens enjoy having 144 countries to travel to, without a visa, or by VOA.

Macau was formerly colonized by Portugal and that is the reason its citizens have such a good passport.

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29 thoughts on “See the top 10 most Powerful Passports in Asia Right now – Delusional Bubble

  1. It’s interesting to see patterns of visas between countries and their colonial counterparts. It was more clear in your post with passports in Africa though. I have a few friends who immigrated to the UK from South Africa and their visa problems were terrible! It might have to do with the fact that the UK cracks down harder on immigrants from former colonies

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    1. Exactly! I kind of have an obsession with passports and have been studying them for ever! Lol!
      There’s an exact pattern going on with all of them! I can say which country has access to where based on the unwritten rules with my eyes closed! 😅

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      1. Actually, since I became a dual citizen, I check every year how the value of my passports have changed.
        Fun fact: I heard this rich guy in India gave £1,000,000 to the Labor Party to get UK citizenship. One time my Dad joked he did the same thing to get permanent residence in the UK to an immigration official! 😅

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          1. I’m sorry. It’s getting even harder to get it, even if you’re related to a UK citizen though. I got it at a good time before they made it more difficult, but I doubt anyone related to me will be able to get it because of me

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            1. Me too but since Brexit, I’m not interested in it anymore.
              Now I’m more interested in a European citizenship which would allow me freedom of movement within EU borders! I don’t even need it, but the idea is just fascinating to me!

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          2. Another thing I wanted to mention is Asian countries generally don’t allow dual nationality. I have friends from China, South Korea and Japan and they all say I’m lucky to have dual citizenship

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