Ukraine climbs another three spots in Passport Index

Cheryl Sanders
January 9, 2019

The index remarked that there has been a general rise in the number of visa free travel destinations, . with the average citizen able to travel to about 107 countries without prior clearance in 2018, . compared to some 58 destinations in 2006. Belgians, Canadians and Greeks can also go to 184 countries without a visa.

Singapore and South Korea now sit in joint 2nd place, with access to 189 destinations around the globe.

According to the index, Taiwanese travelers hold the seventh most powerful passport in Asia, behind Japan which is number one globally, and then Singapore and South Korea, which are both tied for second in the global ranking.

Both Britain and the USA fell from joint fifth place in last year's Henley Passport Index, to joint sixth in this year's...

Fourth place saw Denmark, Finland, Italy and Sweden have access to 187 countries.

In the world ranking, Afghanistan and Iran took the last spot at 104 as their passports can only get you into 30 countries without a visa.

In further demonstrations of Asian passport power, China moved five places up the rankings from the beginning of 2018, from 74th to 69th, while Cambodia (84th), Laos (86th), and Myanmar (90th) have each moved up four places.

While people argue over whether British passports should be blue or red, the document has tumbled down the table, falling from the top spot which it held past year.

Henley & Partners says that this is the highest position that South Korea has reached on the passport index, which is based on data from the International Air Transport Association (Iata).

Japan topped the ranking once again this year, with its citizens permitted to travel to 190 countries without a prior visa.

It is updated in real time throughout the year, as and when visa policy changes come into effect.

France and Germany remain third in the rankings, offering citizens visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 188 countries.

"In 2006, a citizen, on average, could travel to 58 destinations without needing a visa from the host nation; by the end of 2018, this number had almost doubled to 107".

As in 2018, countries with citizenship-by-investment (CBI) programs continue to hold strong positions on the index.

Malta sits in ninth spot, with access to 182 destinations and St Kitts and Nevis and Antigua and Barbuda hold 27th and 28th spot respectively.

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