Again, Ghana, Chad, others beat Nigeria on strength of passport ranking

Again, Ghana, Chad, others beat Nigeria on strength of passport ranking

The Henley Passport Index ranks Taiwan's passport as the 29th strongest in the world, a ranking shared by Costa Rica. As the country heads to the exit, possibly without a deal, their ability to travel visa-free to European Union countries could be compromised.

Japan is followed by Singapore and South Korea in joint second place, whose citizens can visit 189 destinations without getting a visa before travel.

U.S. and United Kingdom passports both dropped in the rankings dropping from fifth in 2018 to a joint sixth place - which Henley described as a "significant fall" from the first place position these countries held in 2015. This is a significant fall from the first place position that these countries held in 2015. It analyses how many countries a passport holder can enter visa-free or on a visa-on-arrival basis.

In fourth place are Denmark, Finland, Italy, and Sweden, while Spain and Luxembourg are joint fifth. The island nation doesn't share the top spot with any other countries. We mean that according to the latest Henley Passport Index, the Irish passport is one of the best you can have, using their metric of visa-on-arrival travel across the globe.

France and Germany remain third in the rankings, offering citizens visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 188 countries.

The Group Chairman for Henley and Partners, Christian Kalin, says that despite some trends towards isolationism, most countries in the world remain committed to collaboration and supporting a proactive approach to foreign affairs, which includes investing in "international mobility".

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According to Cummings, over the past year, several African countries - notably Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia and Senegal - relaxed visa requirements, with the intention of enhancing trade, co-operation, and security.

Its 2019 index put Saudi Arabia on top with a "visa-free score" of 167, followed by Germany on 166 and Singapore, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Luxembourg, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Norway, South Korea and the United States ranked third-equal with a score of 165.

A British consultancy firm, Henley and Partners, have published an annual Passport Index ranking the relative strength of the world's passports.

China's steady ascent up the rankings is a clear demonstration of this.

At the bottom end of the table, the world's least powerful passport is that issued by Afghanistan, as citizens only have access to 30 countries.

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