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Ukrainian passport ranks 44th in Henley Passport Index 2018

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However, the way in which the Henley & Partners system's collates data means that passports from 58 other countries appear above Taiwan's in the rankings.

The Henley & Partners Group's press release emphasized that despite Brexit's uncertainty and "a more isolationist, immigration-hostile policy among traditional migrant-receiving countries such as the USA", countries had either improved or maintained their access compared to 2017.

Germany maintains its travel freedom leadership for the fifth consecutive year, with its citizens enjoying visa-free access to 177 countries, the Henley & Partners Group's 2018 Passport Index revealed on Tuesday.

Malaysia came in second with visa-free access to 166 countries. Britain was overtaken by Sweden a year ago.

With its citizens enjoying visa-free access to 100 countries in total, South Africa is the third highest African country on the index. Georgia was the highest individual mover, climbing 15 places, while Ukraine ascended 14 ranks.

China ranked 75th, rising from the 85th in the previous year. Several countries lost ground, including Cyprus, Sweden, Spain, Greece, Taiwan, and Antigua.

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Henley & Partners South Africa managing director Nigel Barnes said that‚ when it comes to both travel and settlement freedom‚ South Africa is lagging behind in its rankings.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan's passport was the least potent, permitting access to just 24 countries, behind Iraq (27), Syria (28) and Pakistan (30).

Kälin believes that investment migration is the most direct route to improved mobility, pointing out that 'alternative citizenship represents the most direct route to global mobility, connectivity, and access.

Holders of the passport enjoy visa-free access to 155 countries, according to the 2018 Henley Passport Index.

In fact, a separate ranking called Passport Index developed by global financial advisory Arton Capital, placed Singapore in first place in Oct a year ago.

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