Far from powerful: PH passport places 75th in power index

Clay Curtis
October 11, 2018

The Henley Passport Index's ranking "is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which maintains the world's largest and most accurate database of travel information, and is enhanced by extensive in-house research", said the Henley & Partners' website.

Japanese passport holders can now access 190 countries visa free - the most in the world.

South Africa dropped another two rungs in the latest Henley Passport Index published on Tuesday.

However, Germany fell in the rankings to a number three spot, which it now shares with South Korea and France.

France was able to climb to third spot after gaining visa-free access to Uzbekistan last week.

It's also recently signed a visa-waiver agreement with Russian Federation, due to come into effect in the coming months.

Until last year, Germany held the top spot for five consecutive years.

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"Mauritius and the Seychelles both have very welcoming visa policies, and as a result of this openness, other countries reciprocate and make travel easier for Seychellois and Mauritian citizens".

The US and the United Kingdom, both with 186 destinations, have also slid down one spot - from 4th to 5th place - with neither having gained access to any new jurisdictions since the start of 2018.

It is updated regularly to reflect changes in the number of visa-waiver agreements signed between countries.

The ranking determines how many countries the holder can enter either without a visa or be issued one upon entry.

It includes 199 different passports and 227 different travel destinations. Thailand ended up at No.68 and China at No.71, with at the bottom Afghanistan and Iraq, with only 30 visa waivers each, the Liberty Times reported.

The UAE has made the most remarkable ascent on the Henley Passport Index, from 62nd place in 2006 to 21st place worldwide now.

Newcomer Moldova, which is due to launch its CBI program in November, has climbed 20 places since 2008. Every CBI program country has improved its visa-free/visa-on-arrival score since the start of the year.

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