Here's where Ireland ranks among the world's most powerful passports

Pauline Gross
October 12, 2018

Three months ago, Japan shared the first place with Singapore, but the Japanese got visa-free access to Myanmar, leaving Singapore behind (visa-free travel to 189 countries).

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.

It was followed by France, Germany and South Korea whose passports enable visa-free entry to 188.

This year, UAE citizens have gained visa-free access to several new countries including Ireland, Canada and China and overall it has secured more new visa waivers this year than any other country. With neither having gained entry to any new jurisdictions this year, it seems unlikely that either will soon reclaim the No.1 spot they held in 2015.

It's not just global travel, though; a South African passport is not great for getting into other African countries either.

Japan has overtaken Singapore in terms of the most powerful passport.

"The total score for each passport is equal to the number of destinations for which no visa is required". The law firm says it updates the index in real-time, as and when visa-policy changes come into effect.

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Countries with passports that make for easier travel on the continent include Japan and Iceland - but Americans have it easiest of all.

Ukrainian citizens can visit 128 countries without a visa.

Prof. Florian Trauner, Research Professor at the Institute for European Studies at the Free University of Brussels, commented on this development: "The approval of the European Parliament is a recognition of the hard work done by the Kosovar authorities to fulfill the conditions set by the EU".

Newcomer Moldova, which is due to launch its CBI program in November, has climbed 20 places since 2008.

Dr Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, has said he wants the UAE passport to be among the world's top five by 2021. Every CBI program country has improved its visa-free/visa-on-arrival score since the start of the year.

In a press release that accompanied the report, Dr.

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