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Power of SA passport drops in global ranking

Power of SA passport drops in global ranking”

This is according to Henley & Partners' latest Passport Index which ranked South Africa 52nd in the world in 2018, with South Africans able to access 102 destinations around the world visa-free or with a visa on arrival.

Japanese citizens can travel to 190 countries without a visa, revealed the Henley Passport Index 2018.

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.

With stagnant outbound visa activity compared to Asian high-performers such as Japan, Singapore, and South Korea, it seems increasingly unlikely that the United States and the UK will regain the number 1 spot they jointly held in 2015.

Germany shares third spot with South Korea and France, which all have visa-free access to 188 countries.

The latest report also showed that US and the United Kingdom passports, both with 186 visa-free destinations, fell one spot from fourth to the fifth place after failing to gain access to new destinations. The index is updated in real-time, as and when visa-policy changes come into effect.

Looking at the number of countries giving a visa waiver, Taiwan comes in at No.29, with Japan crowning the list.

However, South Africa still ranks 3rd in Africa, after the Seychelles (25th strongest passport in the world, with 152 destinations) and Mauritius (31st strongest passport in the world, with 146 destinations).

The UAE has made the most remarkable ascent on the Henley Passport Index, from 62nd place in 2006 to 21st place worldwide now. Newcomer Moldova, for example, which launched its CBI program in the second half of this year, has climbed 20 places since 2008.

Thanks to a wave of such agreements signed since May - including a new one with Myanmar just this month - Japan's passport now allows its citizens to enter 190 countries and territories without a visa (or obtain one upon arrival).

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"CBI programs offer access to some of the world's strongest and most promising passports", says Dr. Kälin, "and the merit of these passports is a reflection of the underlying stability and attractiveness of the countries themselves".



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