Taiwanese passport ranks as 29th most powerful in the world

Taiwanese passports rank as the 29th most powerful in the latest global passport index, which was recently cited in the World Economic Forum website.

The index assessed which countries have the most powerful travel documents by measuring the number of countries that can be visited without applying for a visa.

At the top of the ranking are Germany and Sweden, with holders of German and Swedish passports being able to visit 158 countries without having to apply for a visa.

Last year, the United States and the United Kingdom shared the top spot, but this year's ranking puts the former at the fourth position and the later at the second spot, said the article on the World Economic Forum website.

Along with the U.K., France, Spain, Switzerland and Finland also come in second place on this year's ranking, with their passport holders enjoying visa-free privileges to 157 countries.

Coming in third are Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, South Korea and Norway, with passport holders of these countries being able to travel to 156 countries visa-free.

According to this year's ranking, South Korea's passports were found to be the most powerful among all Asian countries, followed by those of Singapore and Japan.

Holders of Singaporean passports enjoy visa-free treatment to 155 countries, while Japanese passport holders are allowed to visit 154 countries without having to apply for a visa.

Taiwan is placed 29th on the ranking, which means Taiwanese passport holders can visit 120 countries without having to apply for a visa, according to the index.

"The least powerful passports are issued by poor countries, often mired in conflict," said the article published on the World Economic Forum website.

At the bottom of the ranking is Afghanistan, with its people being able to visit only 24 countries without having to apply for a visa.

Source: Overseas Community Affairs Council