Taipei-Taiwan's passport ranked as the 31st most powerful in the world in the fourth quarter of this year in terms of the number of destinations its holders can access without a visa, according to a survey released by Henley and Partners.
In the latest Henley Passport Index, based on criteria set by the International Air Transport Association, Taiwan ranked 31st, with visa-free travel to 145 countries, down one notch from a quarter earlier, the survey showed.
The position represented a significant improvement from its 54th place ranking in 2009.
According to Henley and Partners, a global residence and citizenship planning information advisory firm, Japan and Singapore remained at the top of the rankings, with the most powerful passports in the world, with access to 190 destinations visa free.
China rose two notches from a quarter earlier to No. 72, with visa-free travel to 71 countries. China shared with Kenya for the same position.
Henley and Partners said the United States and the United Kingdom were tied with each to take sixth post in the rankings, the worst performance since 2010. The latest ranking of the two countries fell from the top spot in 2014, the advisory firm said.
The United Arab Emirates made the most significant improvement in the latest rankings, up five notches from a quarter earlier to take 15th place.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel