January 14, 2022 11:06
South Koreans have the second-most powerful passport in the world, according to an index released by the Swiss-based research firm Henley and Partners earlier this week.
South Korea ranked second on the latest Henley Passport Index of 199 countries. The index does not reflect entry bans triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, however.
South Koreans can travel to 190 countries without obtaining a visa beforehand, the same number as Germans.
The index, which started in 2006, ranks passports based on the number of countries holders can enter visa-free.
Japan and Singapore topped the list, with their passports granting visa-free access to 192 countries. Coming in third were Finland, Italy, Luxembourg and Spain with 189 countries, while Austria, Denmark, France, the Netherlands and Sweden shared fourth place with 188.
North Korea ranked 104th as its passport allows visa-free entry to only 39 countries.
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