Philippine Passport Climbs Up Five Spots on International Power Index

The number of visa-free destinations remains the same at 66.

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( The Philippine passport is at the 77th spot out of 111 on this year's Henley Passport Index, released on Tuesday, January 11. This is a bit of a jump from the 82nd spot we were at in 2021 but the number of territories we can enter visa-free remains the same as last year's at 66. 

PH Passport at the 77th rank in 2022 Henley Passport Index:

While the pandemic continuously changes international travel requirements, there are 66 territories that won't ask Philippine passport-holders to get a visa in 2022 in order to enter. Note that these destinations may still ask you to obtain a visa on arrival, a visitor’s permit, or an electronic travel authority upon arrival. 

Taiwan extended visa-free access to Philippine passport holders to 2022 back in July 2021. Other Asian destinations on the list include Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and more. 

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2021's ranking at the 82nd spot is the lowest the Philippine passport has held since the index started in 2006. Our highest ranking thus far was at the 62nd spot, which we held from 2007 to 2009. 

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Currently at the top rungs are Japan and Singapore, both of which can enter 192 territories; Germany and South Korea follow with a count of 190 destinations each. The Philippine passport shares the 77th rank with Cape Verde Islands. Afghanistan comes in last at the 111th spot with visa-free access to 26 territories. Henley & Partners noted the disparity between the top and bottom ranking countries—a difference of 166 destinations—is "the widest recorded global mobility gap since the index’s inception 17 years ago" in their release. 

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The Henley Passport Index is released regularly by U.S. residence and citizenship planning firm Henley & Partners. By "power," they take into account the number of territories a passport-holder can enter visa-free; the index compares 199 different passports—some of which share the same ranking—and 227 travel destinations. 

For more information, check out the 2022 Henley Passport Index here

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