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Maldivian passport maintains number 1 ranking in South Asia

Shahudha Mohamed
12 January 2020, MVT 11:51
Passport of Maldives. It was listed as the most powerful passport in the South Asian region for the year 2020. PHOTO: MIHAARU
Shahudha Mohamed
12 January 2020, MVT 11:51

Henley Passport Index, which ranks all of the world's passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa, listed the Maldivian passport as the most powerful passport in South Asia for the year 2020.

Crawling one step forward compared to 2019's index, the Maldivian passport ranks as the 61st strongest passport in the world, tied with Jamaica. Passport holders from nations at this rank can travel to a total of 85 countries without prior visa.

India, ranking globally at the 84th position, holds the second strongest passport in the South Asian region, followed by Bhutan, ranked globally at the 89th position.

Offering visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to a total of 191 destinations, Japan is at the top of the index, with Singapore at the second place with a score of 190.

South Korea and Germany were tied at the third position, with both countries allowing entry into 189 countries without prior-visa.

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