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Taiwanese passport ranked 28th best for visa-free travel

Staff writer, with CNA

The Taiwanese passport ranks 28th best in the world in terms of visa-free access to other countries, according to this year’s Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index.

The index, which ranks countries based on the travel freedom of their citizens, gave Taiwan a score of 129 in reflection of its visa regulations and the number of destinations its passport holders are permitted to enter without a visa.

Among the countries and territories listed in the index, Taiwan was ranked 28th.

Germany and the UK, with a scores of 173 each, topped the list, while Afghanistan was at the bottom with a score of 25.

China was ranked 93rd in the world and its citizens have visa-free access to 45 destinations worldwide.

The Visa Restrictions Index is compiled annually by Henley & Partners, a company that specializes in residence and citizenship planning and covers visa restrictions and visa requirements worldwide, based on the International Air Transport Association database.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ latest tally, Taiwanese passport holders can now access 153 destinations either visa-free or with a landing visa or e-visa.

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