Published: Thu, January 11, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Croatian Passport Ranked on 2018 Global Passport Power Index

Croatian Passport Ranked on 2018 Global Passport Power Index

A group of passports being held including the Irish passport.

German citizens still possess the world's most powerful passport, according to new research, but there's good news for the United Kingdom, which has climbed the table from joint eighth to joint third place. The second is Singapore (176 countries), while the third place is shared by Great Britain, Denmark, Italy, Norway, Finland, France, Sweden and Japan (175 countries). The Americans are fifth.

Indonesia shares the spot with the Philippines, with visa-free entry to 63 countries. In the Balkans, in front of Bulgaria are only Greece and Slovenia, which occupy respectively 7th and 11th place.

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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. The Republic of Macedonia is 46th (112 countries), Montenegro is 48/110 countries, Bosnia and Herzegovina is 51/105 countries, Albania is 52/100 countries.

Ranking 2nd in the region and 32nd globally, Mauritius, meanwhile, grants its citizens visa-free access to 134 countries. The biggest movers in this year's index were Georgia and Ukraine, which completed the visa-liberalisation process with the European Union in 2017 and gained access to 30 and 32 new countries respectively. In 2018, a German passport gives the right to visit 177 countries without a visa, one more country than a year ago. UAE's climb of 33 spots in this year's index year from last year, achieves a high lead regionally as the next GCC country in the list is Kuwait at 58th position.

Every year, passports from around the world are ranked according to how much "global mobility" they provide. "All countries in the region excepting Antigua and Barbuda and Trinidad and Tobago improved or maintained their visa-free score year-on-year".

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Australia is ranked as the seventh most powerful passport in the world with visa-free access to 171 countries.

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.

Somalia, Pakistan, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan rounded off the bottom five nations globally. 'Austria also makes it into the top 10, with access to a total of 174 countries.

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