Ukraine came first among CIS countries and 44th overall in the world’s passport rankings, Interfax-Ukraine reports. The country’s standing improved substantially, thanks to the visa-free access to countries of the Schengen agreement granted in 2017.
The annual passport index, which was published on Tuesday by Henley & Partners, ranks countries of the world in terms of visa-free travel to other nations available to its citizens. The index lists Germany as the most powerful passport in the world, the position it has occupied for the previous five years.
In 2018, German passport holders are allowed to travel visa-free to 177 countries of the world, which is one more than in 2017. Passport of Singapore is currently ranked second, while the third place is shared between the United Kingdom, Denmark, Italy, Norway, Finland, France, Sweden and Japan. Citizens of these countries do not need a visa to enter 175 countries of the world. Most of these countries managed to improve visa-free access for their citizens over the course of 2017.
When it comes to countries that grant citizenship to investors, Austrian passport is ranked first in terms of visa-free travel to other countries it permits (174 countries). In order to become an Austrian citizen, an individual is required to invest €8-10 million in the country. Malta and Cyprus, whose citizenship requires one to invest €1-2 million, allow visa-free travel to 169 and 159 countries respectively. Among countries of the Caribbean that allow a path to citizenship through investment, passport of St Kitts and Nevis is the most mobile, as it grants access to 139 countries of the world without a visa.
Henley & Partners’ passport index, formerly known as visa restrictions index (until 2018), is published annually since 2006. Henley & Partners cooperates with the International Air Transport Association, which operates the world’s largest database of tourist information. 200 countries and territories were evaluated in order to compile the 2018 index.