Iraq, Afghanistan the worst passports for travel, Japan the best: Index

Howard TerryOct 11, 2018

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.

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.

The index, by Henley & Partners, a citizenship and planning firm, showed Japan to have the most powerful passport on the planet.

Last year, a ranking of passports by worldwide global financial advisory firm Arton Capital showed that the Philippine passport is moderately weak, with its holders having visa-free access to only 61 countries.

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

Taiwan moved up from No. 31 from previous year to No. 29, as the countries it has visa-free and visa-on-arrival access to has increased from 134 to 148.

Previously, both Singapore and Japan had access to 189 countries and shared top place.

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.

"The total score for each passport is equal to the number of destinations for which no visa is required".

Russia has fallen to 47th position, despite having received a boost in September when Taiwan announced a visa-waiver for Russian nationals.

MANILA, Philippines - Ever dreamed about being going to nearly every country you please without having to worry about visa requirements and the dreaded visa fee?

Iraq and Afghanistan continue to share the bottom spot on the index, at No. 106, with only 30 destinations accessible to their citizens. Those on the world stage should pay attention to the United Arab Emirates.

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

"CBI programs offer access to some of the world's strongest and most promising passports", says Dr. Kälin, "and the merit of these passports is a reflection of the underlying stability and attractiveness of the countries themselves".

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