The Henley & Partner,based in UK,released the world’s most powerful passport index for 2019 on January 8,2019.The index is the original ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa.The ranking is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association(IATA), which matains the world’s largest and most accurate database of travel information,and it is enhanced by extensive,ongoing research by the Henley & Partners Research Department.It is up-dated in real-time,as and when visa-policy changes come into effect.
For this year Asian countries dominate as Japan goes into holding the first place on the index,with citizens enjoying visa-free/visa-on-arrival access to 190 destinations.Singapore and South Korea now sit in joint 2nd place of the world,with access to 189 destinations.I learn that Out of the index’s 14 years history,Iraq and Afghanistan remain at the bottom of the ranking,104th,with access to just 30 visa-free destinations.
Singapore,the world’s second is the first of Asia and ASEAN region.Malaysia is ranked the world’s 12th ,with access to 179 destinations and the second of ASEAN.Brunei is world’s 21st ,with access to 165 destination and takes the third of ASEAN.After that,Timor-leste is the fourth of ASEAN and the world’s 54th,with access to 97 destinations.Thailand,the fifth of ASEAN, is the world’s 68th, with access to 75 destinations. Indonesia,the most population country of ASEAN holds the world’s 72nd,with access to 71 destinations.It is the sixth of ASEAN.
After that,Filipinos’ passport,having the seventh of ASEAN region, holds the rank of 74th,with access to 66 destination.And,Cambodia,holding the 84th of the world, takes the place of eighth of the region and the citizens of Cambodia are able to access 54 destinations.The only one landlocked country of ASEAN,Laos,is ranked 86th of the world,with access to 52 destinations,and the ninth in ASEAN.
And so,where are Myanmar and Vietnam on the index?As Vietnam stands one step ahead of Myanmar in the ranking,Vietnam goes into the world’s rank 87,with access to 51 destinations while Myanmar passport’s power is the lowest in the region and it is only 90th of the world,with access 48 destinations.
I think you would like to know the rankings of the super power countries such as China,US and Russia.In 2017,China was ranked 85th,with citizens able to access just 51 destinations. Going into 2019,China sits in 69th place,with its nationals now able to access 74 countries and territories around the world.For the US,it stands at the rank 6th,with citizens able to access 185 destinations and it’s the same as UK. Russia’s place on the index is 48th,with access to 119 destinations.
Findings on 2019 Index
-Japan holds top spot on the index for the second year running for 2018 and 2019.
-Singapore continues to hold 2nd place,along with South Korea,which has moved up from 3rd place.
-The UK drops from 4th place to 6th place,while the US drops 5th to 6th place.
-In Asian passport power,China moves 5 places up the ranking from the beginning of 2018,from 74th to 69th.
-Cambodia(84th),Laos(86th) and Myanmar(90th)have each moved up four places.
The Henley Passport Index website provides up-to-date,printable lists of the countries you can access visa-free,with an e-visa,with a visa on arrival,or with a normal visa.It allows you to compare the strength of passports and understand how you might improve your travel freedom with alternative citizens.
Ref: CNN Travel/Henley Index for 2019