How powerful is the Philippine passport? Not much, says study

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 26 2017 05:50 PM

MANILA- For Filipinos dreaming of traveling the world, fulfilling that desire may be a bit difficult with a Philippine passport.

A ranking of passports by international global financial advisory firm Arton Capital shows that the Philippine passport is moderately weak, with its holders having visa-free access to only 61 countries.

The Philippines ranked 66th on the global index and shares the spot with Uganda which has visa-free access to the same number of countries.

This pales in comparison to the Singapore passport which topped the list and has visa-free access to 159 countries and runner-up Germany which has visa-free access to 158 countries.

Other Asian countries included in the top 10 were South Korea at the 3rd spot, followed by Japan, and Malaysia at 6th place.

The Afghanistan passport meanwhile was deemed as the weakest passport with visa-free access only to 22 countries.

The index ranks the power of passports by assigning a "visa-free score" or the number of countries a passport holder can visit without a visa or with visa on arrival. The index also takes into account the United Nations Human Development Index into account.

Included in the rankings are a total of 199 countries, 193 of which are United Nations member countries and 6 territories namely Taiwan, Macao, Hong Kong, Kosovo, Palestinian Territory and the Vatican.