ROC passport makes 98% of travels easier: ministry
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.