Published: Thu, January 11, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Ukrainian passport ranks 44th in Henley Passport Index 2018

Ukrainian passport ranks 44th in Henley Passport Index 2018

Henley Passport Index is based on to how many countries various passport holders can travel to without a visa. By this indicator we rank at the prestigious 20th place in the world, bypassing most of our neighbors.

The Henley Passport Index is a ranking of all the passports of the world according to the number of countries their holders can travel to visa-free. The runner-up is Singapore, while eight countries share the third place: Great Britain, Denmark, Italy, Norway, Finland, France, Sweden, and Japan. The Americans are fifth. The ranking, released today, takes into account how many countries can be visited without applying for a visa. In the Balkans, in front of Bulgaria are only Greece and Slovenia, which occupy respectively 7th and 11th place. German citizens can travel to 177 countries without a visa.

Nigel Barnes, managing partner of Henley & Partners South Africa, said that, when it comes to both travel and settlement freedom, South Africa lags behind in its rankings.

Global financial advisory firm Arton Capital named Singapore as having the single most powerful passport in the world in another ranking that was conducted in October a year ago.

For the second year in a row, Pakistan, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan sit at the bottom of the index, with citizens of each able to access 30 or fewer countries without a visa.

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Barnes points out that the countries that offer the most credible citizenship-by-investment programmes in the world consistently perform strongly on the Henley Passport Index.

Of the 199 countries featured in the index, 143 improved their rank over the past year while 41 countries maintained their position. The Dominican Republic was the highest regional climber, ascending seven places on the 2018 Henley Passport Index to secure the 73position on the global ranking.

"There is no denying that a global mobility divide exists".

A total of 200 countries and territories were analyzed in 2018.

Bahrain has been ranked fourth among GCC nations in the Henley Global Passport Index published yesterday. Individuals who have multiple passports benefit from each country's best practices and are less vulnerable to its risks and shortcomings.

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