How powerful is your Philippine passport?
Filipinos are scattered around the globe. Whether we go abroad for work or for travel, we would likely stumble upon a kababayan there.
Many of us have a strong urge to travel and see the world, but the Philippine passport falls short of the promise. According to passportindex.org, we only ranked 57th in terms of our “passport power.”
The “passport power” is measured by the number of countries where holders can enter visa-free; Philippine passport holders can enter in 61 countries, just like people from Bahrain, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, Tunisia, Tanzania, Mali, Namibia, and Zambia.
According to the index, United States and United Kingdom passport holders hold the most power in their hands, for they can visit 147 countries without papers.
On the other hand, passport holders from Solomon Islands, Myanmar, South Sudan, Sao Tome and Principe, and Palestinian Territories can only enter 28 countries, placing them at the bottom of the ranking.
Aside from the Passport Index, the website also shows what different passports around the world look like, separated by color.
A similar study done last year by Henley & Partners, a consultancy firm, reveals that the Philippine passport is 69th in their 2014 Visa Restrictions Index, where one can travel to 58 countries visa-free.