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Nation drops one spot to 32nd on passport index

Nation drops one spot to 32nd on passport index

The Irish passport has been ranked one of the best in the world.

German passport holders can travel visa-free to 177 out of 218 countries and territories in the world, making their travel document the victor for the fifth year in a row. However, because of the way that the data are collated, passports from 58 other countries appear above Taiwan's in the rankings.

Morocco's position at 74 resulted from the ability to travel visa-free to 61 countries, including Algeria, Belize, Brazil, Ecuador, Grenada, Haiti, Hong Kong, Indonesia, South Korea, Tunisia and Turkey.

In the MENA region, Israel topped the list as having the most powerful passport, followed by (in order): the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Morocco.

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At the back of the queue the rankings placed Afghan, Iraqi and Syrian passports as the least helpful, allowing visa-free entry to only 24, 27 and 28 countries respectively. Sweden and France came third; Spain and Netherlands were tied for fourth.

"We are also seeing a growing tendency towards a more isolationist, immigration-hostile policy among traditional migrant-receiving countries such as the United States, and 2018 will bring further uncertainty, with the United Kingdom still in the grip of ongoing Brexit negotiations".

Germany was ranked at the top in the survey published on Tuesday by residence and citizenship planning company Henly & Partners.


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