Ukraine climbs another three spots in Passport Index

11:55, 08 January 2019
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According to the results of 2018, Ukraine ranks 41 (against the 44th position a year earlier). Now, Ukrainians are allowed visa-free travel to 128 countries, whereas a year ago the number was 114.

Japan tops the Index, with its passport opening borders to 190 countries. A year ago, Germany ranked first with 177 countries open for non-visa trips.

Now Germany shares the third spot with France (188 countries). The runner-up is South Korea, which for three months added India to the list of visa-free countries and climbed one position in the Index. Singapore is also in second place with 189 countries.

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The UK and the USA continue to lose ground in the ranking, now occupying the 6th place (185 countries). Experts explain a significant drop from the top spot in 2015 by the policy of “closed doors” waged by both countries.

Russia took the 48th place in the ranking, as a year earlier (119 countries).

Iraq and Afghanistan remain are at the very bottom of the ranking with only 30 countries that their citizens may visit visa-free.

The Henley Passport Index (HPI) is a global ranking of countries according to the travel freedom for their citizens. It started in 2006 as Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index and was modified and renamed in January 2018.

The site provides a ranking of the 199 passports of the world according to the number of countries their holders can travel to visa-free. The number of countries that a specific passport can access becomes its visa-free 'score'. In collaboration with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and based on official data from their global database Henley & Partners has analyzed the visa regulations of all the countries and territories in the world since 2006.

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