Here's where Ireland ranks among the world's most powerful passports

Here's where Ireland ranks among the world's most powerful passports

Here's where Ireland ranks among the world's most powerful passports

Global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley & Partners has officially revealed that Japan wields the single most powerful passport in the entire world, allowing its citizens visa-free or visa-on-arrival travel to 190 destinations.

India has secured 81st spot on the 2018 Henley Passport Index, with visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 60 destinations.

British consultant Henley & Partners published the latest version of its Henley Passport Index, which lists passports according to the number of countries the holder can visit without having to apply for a visa.

Japan now has visa-free access to 190 countries, versus 189 for Singapore. Spot three, for instance, is shared by France, Germany and South Korea, all with 188 visa-free destinations. France moved up a place last Friday when it gained visa-free access to Uzbekistan. The index is updated in real-time, as and when visa-policy changes come into effect.

The US and the United Kingdom, both with 186 destinations, slid from 4th to 5th place, with neither having gained access to new jurisdictions since the start of 2018.

Russian Federation received a boost in September when Taiwan announced a visa-waiver, but the country has nonetheless fallen from 46th to 47th place due to movements higher up the ranking.

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"The travel freedom that comes with a second passport is significant, while the economic and societal value that CBI programs generate for host countries can be transformative", says Dr. Kälin.

The United Arab Emirates made the greatest leap on the index from No. 62 in 2006 to No. 21, and now holds the No. 1 passport in the Middle East.

This places Lebanon as 100th down the list alongside Libya, Bangladesh, and South Sudan, dropping three places from past year out of 106 countries.

China recently obtained access to St. Lucia and Myanmar and is now in 71st place, having climbed 14 places since the start of 2017.

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