Russia improves its position in passport index ranking

 Russia improves its position in passport index ranking

Russia ranks in the top 25% of countries whose citizens can enjoy the most freedom of travel abroad, according to an annual rating of passport 'strength'.

The Henley & Partners residence and citizenship planning firm ranks the strength of 199 different passports based on the availability of visa-free or visa on arrival travel to 227 destination countries.

Russia tied for 47th place with the Palau Islands in the 2019 Henley Passport Index, with 118 destinations available to their passport holders.

Russia holds third place among post-Soviet countries, behind Ukraine (40th with 128 countries) and Moldova (45th with 121 countries), the Moscow Times reported.

Japan, Singapore and South Korea shared the top spot with 189 destinations available to their passport holders visa-free or on arrival. 

Germany currently sits alone in 2nd place, with a score of 188. Five countries now share 3rd place on the index with a score of 187: Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, and Sweden. The UK sits in 5th place with a visa-free/visa on arrival score of 185, and the U.S. in 6th, with a score of 184. 

Afghanistan and Iraq tied in last place with 30 destinations extending relaxed visa rules to their citizens.

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