Taiwan passport 32nd most powerful in the world: survey

Taiwan's passport ranked 32nd on a list of the world's most powerful passports, offering its holders visa-free access to 145 destinations, according to the Henley Passport Index for the first quarter of 2022, issued Tuesday.

Compared with the fourth quarter of 2021, Taiwan's ranking was up two spots in the latest survey by British consulting firm Henley & Partners.

The latest index compares the visa-free access of 199 different passports to 227 travel destinations.

According to the Henley Passport Index, holders of Japanese and Singaporean passports remain top of the list with access to 192 destinations without a visa, followed by Germany and South Korea with 190 locations.

Third on the index was Finland, a position it shared with Italy, Luxembourg and Spain with 189 destinations, while Austria, Denmark, France, the Netherlands and Sweden came fourth with 188 destinations.

Ireland and Portugal were both fifth, followed by the United Kingdom and the United States in sixth.

Meanwhile, China was placed 64th with free visa access to 80 countries, while its Hong Kong and Macau special administrative regions were ranked 18th and 33rd, respectively, the survey showed.

At the bottom of the index was Afghanistan, which came 111th with only 26 locations offering visa free travel to its passport holders.

Updated quarterly, the Henley Passport Index is compiled based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Authority (IATA).

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel