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Taiwan passport 29th-strongest in world: report

2018/10/10 23:03:50

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Taipei, Oct. 10 (CNA) Taiwan has the 29th-strongest passport in the world, having moved up two notches from last year in the 2018 Henley Passport Index, according to a CNN report.

Taiwan passport holders have visa-free access to 148 countries and territories, according to the report, which cited the index compiled by the global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley & PartnersCitizens and released Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Japan now has the most powerful passport in the world, which gives its holders visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 190 destinations, the report said.

Singapore, which was overtaken by Japan this year, ranks second, with 189 destinations.

South Korea, Germany and France are tied at third place, providing free access for their passport holders to 188 destinations.

In fourth place are Denmark, Finland, Italy, Sweden and Spain, with visa-free privilege to 187 destinations each, followed by the United States and Britain with 186 destinations each, in fifth spot.

Russia has dropped to 47th place, although it got a boost in September when its nationals obtained visa-waiver status for entry to Taiwan, the report said. China ranks 71st after reportedly obtaining access to St. Lucia and Myanmar -- a jump of 14 places since the start of 2017.

(By Flor Wang)