ROC pass­port makes 98% of trav­els eas­ier: min­istry

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Repub­lic of China ( Tai­wan) pass­port hold­ers are en­joy­ing easy ac­cess to 98 per­cent of their travel des­ti­na­tions, the For­eign Min­istry said Satur­day af­ter the coun­try was ranked 28th in the Pass­port In­dex cre­ated by fi­nan­cial ad­vi­sory firm Ar­ton Cap­i­tal.

Min­istry spokesper­son Anna Kao ( ) said Tai­wanese can now visit 140 coun­tries and ar­eas with­out a visa or by sim­ply ob­tain­ing an elec­tronic visa or a visa on ar­rival.

It sug­gested that the Repub­lic of China is rec­og­nized as hav­ing a well- es­tab­lished democ­racy and econ­omy, with its peo­ple con­sid­ered re­spon­si­ble cit­i­zens, Kao said.

Ac­cord­ing to the In­dex, Tai­wanese pass­port hold­ers can visit 109 coun­tries around the world with­out hav­ing to ob­tain a visa in ad­vance, earn­ing the pass­port a power rank­ing of 28, a rel­a­tively high level of travel free­dom.

The pass­ports of the United States and Bri­tain had the high­est power rank­ing, giv­ing their hold­ers visa-free ac­cess to 147 coun­tries.

Among other Asian coun­tries, Malaysia’s pass­port ranked sev­enth (140 coun­tries), Hong Kong’s travel doc­u­ment ranked 11th (136 coun­tries) and Brunei ranked 18th (125 coun­tries).

China’s pass­port had a power rank­ing of 45th, with visa- free ac­cess to 74 coun­tries.

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