Philippine Passport ranks sixth regionally with visa-free access to 61 countries
Good news for Filipino travelers: the Philippine passport claimed a spot in the top 10 Southeast Asian countries that have the most visa-free access to other countries. With 61 visa-free countries to visit, make sure to start scratching out more items in your bucket list!
An international residence and citizenship planning firm released this year’s Visa Restrictions Index with list of the countries whose passports were found to have the most number of visa-free access to other countries. The Philippines ranks sixth in the top 10 countries with the most travel freedom in Southeast Asia, and has a visa-free access to 61 countries globally.
On an international scale, the Philippines ranks 75th of 104 countries. The firm, Henley & Partners, has been collaborating with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) since 2006 to produce a detailed and authoritative global visa restrictions index. According to the previous findings of the firm, the Philippines ranking 75th is the highest in three years, as it ranked a lower 79 and 76 in 2015 and 2016, respectively. The highest position the country claimed since the start of the decade was during the years of 2007 to 2009, where it consistently ranked 62 globally.
Meanwhile, Singapore ranks first in Southeast Asia, and fourth globally, with a visa-free access to an astonishing number of 173 countries. Singapore has maintained a position within the top 10 countries internationally, except for 2010, where it ranked 11th. Its current fourth rank is its highest rank ever recorded since 2007.
Other fellow Southeast Asian that made it to the top 10 regionally are Malaysia in second place, Brunei Darussalam in third, Timor-Leste in fourth, and Thailand in the fifth. After the Philippines came in Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and Myanmar. All the aforementioned nations were in the top 100 in the global scale.
Laos and Myanmar were found to improve greatly, climbing from 93 to 88, and 98 to 93 in just two years, respectively.
Germany maintains top rank
This year, the Federal Republic of Germany enjoys the privilege of having the most travel freedom internationally—with visa-free access to 176 countries in the world. Germany has maintained its first rank since 2014, while the rest of its ranks since 2007 did not fall lower than the top fifth spot.
Sweden comes in at second place, with visa-free access to 175 countries. Denmark, Finland, Italy, Spain, and the United States of America all rank third, with visa-free access to 174 countries.
Austria, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, and the United Kingdom share the fourth spot. Ireland, Japan, and New Zealand take the fifth place, completing the top five nations in the world with the most visa-free access globally.
A travel visa is an official allowance granted by a country to foreigners who wish to visit or leave the country. Visas dictate when, where, how long, and how often a foreigner can come to a country.
“As the world becomes ever more globalized, individuals are increasingly living and conducting business on an international scale, with a second or third residence or citizenship becoming an increasingly attractive option,” the explanation accompanying the infographic press release of the firm read.