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ROC passports ranked world's 22nd most powerful
Central News Agency
2014-06-26 12:35 PM
Taipei, June 26 (CNA) Republic of China passports are ranked the 22nd most powerful in the world in terms of gaining visa-free access to other countries, according to movehub.com, a U.K.-based site designed to help people move abroad. The site said holders of ROC passports are granted visa waivers or visas upon arrival in 130 countries, the same as Vatican City and Antigua and Barbuda. Data provided by the Taiwanese government, however, indicates that as of May 2014, ROC passport holders had gained visa-free or visa-upon-arrival treatment for travel to 140 countries worldwide. In Asia, the passports of only five countries are more powerful than Taiwan's: Japan (170 countries), Singapore (167 countries), South Korea (166 countries), Malaysia (163 countries) and Hong Kong (152 countries), according to MoveHub. Worldwide, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Finland top the list, with 173 countries granting them visa-free or visa-on-arrival access. The United States comes in second, along with Germany, Luxembourg and Denmark with 172. At the bottom of the list are Afghanistan and Iraq, with only 28 and 31 countries, respectively, giving them visa-free or visa-on-arrival entry. (By Y.F. Low)
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