Here's how powerful your Irish passport is

Clay Curtis
January 9, 2019

The Ghanaian passport has been ranked 77th strongest in a world ranking of passports which was dominated by Asian countries.

Going into 2019, Japan leads the charts, with citizens enjoying visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 190 destinations around the world - the most of any other country.

As of late 2018, Ukraine ranked 41 in the list, while Ukrainians are allowed visa-free travel to 128 countries. The rank two countries of Singapore and South Korea can access 189.

In 2018, Ireland was ranked joint fifth. Experts explain a significant drop from the top spot in 2015 by the policy of "closed doors" waged by both countries. The number of countries that a specific passport can access becomes its visa-free "score".

Tied for fourth are Denmark, Finland, Italy and Sweden. The island nation doesn't share the top spot with any other countries.

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.

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Malta sits in 9 spot, with access to 182 destinations and St. Kitts and Nevis and Antigua and Barbuda hold 27 and 28 spot respectively, while Moldova remains in a strong position at 46 place, with citizens able to access 122 countries.

The "continued dominance" of Asian countries in the passport index reflects the "extraordinary effect that worldwide mobility and migration has had on the region", said Henley & Partners, a citizenship advisory firm.

The world's 'most powerful passport' has been revealed as the UK's ranking continues to fall.

At the far end of the table, Iraq and Afghanistan remain at the bottom of the rankings, with access to just 30 visa-free destinations.

Henley and Partners, in particular, pointed to South Korea's progress over the years, . lauding its "proactive foreign affairs approach" and an "attitude that significantly benefits their citizens as well as the global community".

The index, compiled by global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley & Partners, says it bases its ranking on "exclusive" data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and "is enhanced by extensive, ongoing research by the Henley & Partners Research Department".

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