Taiwan's passport ranked 32nd best globally for visa-free travel

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Image taken from Henley & Partners Official Website

Image taken from Henley & Partners Official Website

Taipei, Jan. 10 (CNA) Taiwan's passport, which grants holders visa-free access to 134 countries, is ranked 32nd on the Henley & Partners 2018 passport index which annually ranks passports according to the travel freedom nationals of different countries enjoy.

Leading residence and citizenship planning company, Henley & Partners released on Tuesday their annual passport index, previously known as the Visa Restrictions Index, which listed Germany at the top of the rankings once again.

German passport holders can travel visa free to 177 countries and territories in the world out of 218, making the German passport the one that gives holders the most travel freedom for the fifth year in a row.

Taiwan ranked 32nd in the list of 199 countries and territories featured, a drop of one place from last year. However, the way in which the Henley & Partners system's collates data means that passports from 58 other countries appear above Taiwan's in the rankings.

Taiwan ties with Mauritius with visa-free access to 134 countries.

A few notable countries on the list were Singapore at number 2 with access to 176 countries, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden and the U.K. all tied at number 3 with access to 175, and the U.S. and South Korea at number 5 with 173.

Henley & Partners has compiled the index since 2006 with data provided by the International Air Transport Association.

(By Kuan-lin Liu and Chen Cheng-yi)
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