Philippine passport bumps up 2 spots in world’s most powerful index

Photo: ABS-CBN News.
Photo: ABS-CBN News.

Traveling isn’t exactly a walk in the park when you’re a Philippine passport holder. That said, the brown passport just got slightly stronger after it jumped two spots up in the Henley Passport Index’s global ranking for the first quarter of 2023.

The Philippines ranked 78th out of 199 countries as it grants visa-free entry to 67 countries, sharing the spot with Uganda. 

Meanwhile, the countries with the 10 most powerful passports retained their spots in this quarter’s ranking. Japan still leads the pack, with visa-free access to 193 countries. This is followed by Singapore and South Korea, whose passports let them enter 192 countries visa-free.

Spain and Germany ranked third with 190 visa-free destinations. At fourth place are Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, and Austria, allowing entry to 189 countries visa-free; Denmark, Netherlands, and Sweden ranked fifth with 188 visa-free countries.

Dead last is Afghanistan, whose passport grants visa-free access to 27 countries.

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