Indian passport 79th most powerful, Pakistan fares fifth worst: Henley Index

The British passport has dropped to sixth place this year. Credit PA

The British passport has dropped to sixth place this year. Credit PA

In the world ranking, Afghanistan and Iran took the last spot at 104 as their passports can only get you into 30 countries without a visa.

Japanese citizens can enter 190 countries around the world visa free, the Henley Passport Index revealed.

The Republic remains second in the ranking, tied with South Korea.

Dr Christian H Kälin, group hairman of Henley & Partners, says despite rising isolationist sentiment in some parts of the world, most countries remain committed to collaboration and mutually beneficial agreements.

The UK and the U.S. continue to lose ground in the ranking, now occupying the 6th place (185 countries).

The Henley Passport Index said that sixth place is a significant fall for the United Kingdom and U.S. passports, because both held top spot in 2015.

France and Germany still remain in third position this year, with access to 188 countries.

It started in 2006 as Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index and was modified and renamed in January 2018. The number of countries that a specific passport can access becomes its visa-free "score".

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According to the ranking named the Henley Passport Index, holders of Ghanaian passports have visa-free access to 63 destinations.

The ranking is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association, which maintains the world's largest database of travel information.

Malaysian travelers can enter 179 countries, while citizens of Hong Kong can visit 169 without a visa, and Brunei, 165.

In fourth place are Denmark, Finland, Italy, and Sweden, while Spain and Luxembourg are joint fifth.

Previously, both Singapore and Japan had access to 189 countries and shared top place. "Historical data from the Henley Passport Index over the past 14 years shows an overwhelming global tendency towards visa-openness".

"In 2006, a citizen, on average, could travel to 58 destinations without needing a visa from the host nation; by the end of 2018, this number had almost doubled to 107".

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".

Similarly, the United Arab Emirates continues its upward trajectory, now holding top spot in the Middle East region and 22nd place globally.

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