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PH ranks 80th in the list of world's most powerful passports

India has a mobility score of 58 and ranks 86th on the Henley Passport Index 2019 India has a mobility score of 58 and ranks 86th on the Henley Passport Index 2019
Patty Aguilar | 04 July, 2019, 04:16

New research produced by the Henley Passport Index has revealed the Greek passport is the 6th most powerful globally, allowing visa-free access to 183 countries, alongside the UK, USA, Norway (down from fifth), Belgium, Canada and Ireland.

Georgia ranks 52nd the citizens of which can travel to 113 countries without visa.

Throughout most of the index's long history, the United Kingdom has held one of the top five places in the ranking. In significant shifts elsewhere, the United Arab Emirates has entered the top 20 for the first time in the index's 14-year history, more than doubling its number of visa-free destinations over the past five years.

A separate index, the Arton Capital's Passport Index, ranks Ireland third in its "Global Passport Power" ranking along with Denmark, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Switzerland, Japan, South Korea, and the US. However, with its exit from the European Union now imminent, the UK's once-strong position looks increasingly uncertain. According to Uğur Altundal, a political science researcher at Syracuse University, the number of countries where a nation is granted visa-free status is closely related to its openness and serves as an indicator of its level of development.

The Henley Index breaks down its scoring methodology as such: "For each travel destination, if no visa is required for passport holders, then a score of 1 is created for that passport".

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Iraqi passports also fair poorly with access to just 27 destinations followed by the Syrian passport on 29 countries and the Pakistani passport with visa-free travel to 33 countries.

New research commissioned by Henley & Partners found a greater realisation among African countries of the positive imipact that visa-openness, economic growth and social progress can bring.

Finland, Germany, and South Korea hold 2nd place; Denmark, Italy and Luxembourg are 3rd place; while France has dropped to 4th, sharing the position with Spain and Sweden.

India has a mobility score of 58 and ranks 86th on the Henley Passport Index 2019. Let us know in the comments! "Since the introduction of its citizenship-by-investment program, Malta has attracted significant foreign direct investment, dramatically reduced its overall debt levels, become one of the most financially dynamic countries in the European Union, and created employment opportunities that have improved the lives of all its citizens".

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