Power of SA passport drops in global ranking

Power of SA passport drops in global ranking

Power of SA passport drops in global ranking

Passport: Japan has world's most powerful passport - but did the United Kingdom make the top 10?

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.

The UK passport grants citizens visa-free access to 189 countries.

Japan, according to the 2018 Henley Passport Index, is the world's "strongest" passport, meaning Japanese passport holders enjoy the most visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to the most destinations at 190.

The index, by Henley & Partners, a citizenship and planning firm, showed Japan to have the most powerful passport on the planet. Every CBI program country has improved its visa-free/visa-on-arrival score since the start of the year.

Germany shares third spot with South Korea and France, which all have visa-free access to 188 countries. Denmark, Finland, Italy, Sweden and Spain all came in joint-fourth, with 187 destinations accessible to their citizens.

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However, South Africa still ranks 3rd in Africa, after the Seychelles (25th strongest passport in the world, with 152 destinations) and Mauritius (31st strongest passport in the world, with 146 destinations).

Seychelles residents can now travel to 152 destinations without a visa, and Mauritius residents to 146, both up a single destination since the last quarterly update to the rankings.

VISA-FREE TRAVEL? The Philippines, unfortunately, isn't as lucky as its Asian neighbors.

The index also identified the countries with the greatest improvement in visa-free travel for citizens, including China and the UAE - which secured the most visa-waiver agreements out of all the countries this year, CNN reported.

Georgia, Ukraine and United Arab Emirates were the biggest climbers in the 2018 ranking.

"Along with the Henley & Partners - Kochenov Quality of Nationality Index, the Henley Passport Index is considered the most credible reference tool within the investment migration industry", it said.

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