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Germany earns top spot in the 2018 Henley Passport Index, while the UK and China see rises

19/01/2018 News Team

Germany has held on to first place on the Henley Passport Index for the fifth year running, with its citizens enjoying visa-free access to 177 countries in total, up from 176 countries in 2017.

Singapore ranked second globally on the 2018 edition of the index, with visa-free access to 176 countries, while eight countries - Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden, and the UK - share third place, offering passport-holders access to 175 countries. Ranking jointly fourth on the index, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Spain all provide visa-free access to 174 countries. 

The US is among the countries holding fifth place on the 2018 edition of the index, improving its visa-free score from 172 in 2017 to 173 in 2018. The Russian Federation, meanwhile, climbed three places to 48th position. China has shown the most growth in North Asia over the past year, moving up ten places compared to 2017 and now ranking 75th globally.

For the second year in a row, Pakistan, Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan sit at the bottom of the Henley Passport Index, each able to access 30 or fewer countries visa-free.

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