PH passport ranks 72nd ‘most powerful’ this 2018 from 75th last year

The Philippines holds the 72nd most powerful passport in the world according to the Henley Passport Index of 2018. The global ranking body moved the Philippines three spots higher from 75th in 2017 with its new score and has now visa-free access across 63 countries.

Last year, the country had visa-free travel to 61 countries. “We are assuring everyone that our people at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will continue to work towards securing visa-free access of Filipinos to more countries,” said Presidential Spokesperson, Harry Roque.

The results were released on January 09 and were based on travel data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), an association composed of 83% of the world’s airlines.

Southeast Asian country Singapore remains in second place, with the country’s passport giving visa-free access to 176 nations. Indonesia also has the same rank as the Philippines.

Afghanistan remains at the bottom of the index for the second year in a row, with access to only 24 countries without visa.

The index is an initiative of Jersey-based global residence firm Henley and Partners, which started in 2006.