The World's Most Powerful Passport Just Got Even More Powerful

Taiwan's passport No.29 in the world according to Henley & Partners

Taiwan's passport No.29 in the world according to Henley & Partners

This makes the UAE passport the 21st most powerful passport in the world, up from 38th past year.

The Henley Pssport Index said Japan's passport is the most powerful in the world with visa-free/visa-on-arrival access to 190 destinations.

In third place was Germany, France, and South Korea, with 188 destinations accessible visa-free.

For each travel destination, if no visa is required for passport holders from a country or territory, then a score with value = 1 is created for that passport.

The rest of the 10 strongest passports include countries in Europe, plus Malaysia.

Henley highlighted at least two countries that didn't rank high but saw tremendous leaps in rankings through the years - China and the UAE.

The latest report also showed that USA and the United Kingdom passports, both with 186 visa-free destinations, fell one spot from fourth to the fifth place after failing to gain access to new destinations.

Russia received a boost in September when Taiwan announced a visa-waiver for Russian nationals, placing it at No. 47.

China recently obtained access to St. Lucia and Myanmar and is now in 71st place, having climbed 14 places since the start of 2017.

This is according to Henley & Partners' latest Passport Index which ranked South Africa 52nd in the world in 2018, with South Africans able to access 102 destinations around the world visa-free or with a visa on arrival.

Countries with citizenship-by-investment (CBI) programs in place all fall within the top 50 of the Henley Passport Index and are continually rising up the ranking.

However, their progress might be outstripped by Kosovo which officially met all the criteria for visa-liberalization with the EU in July and is now in discussions with the European Council.

Christian H. Kälin, Group Chairman of Henley & Partners, commented in a statement on "the extraordinary results that states can achieve when they work hand in hand with their global peers to build a more interconnected and collaborative world". Newcomer Moldova, due to launch its CBI program in November, climbed 20 places since 2008.

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