YEREVAN, July 3. / ARKA /. In the third quarter of 2019 Armenia dropped 6 notches in the Henley & Partners Passport Index. Currently, the list of visa free countries for Armenian citizens comprises 60 countries.
In the previous ranking Armenia was 78th and 62nd in the list of countries with visa-free visits. The drop was caused by Djibouti and Benin which have revised their visa policies recently and now Armenian citizens wishing to visit these countries will need to receive electronic visas upon arrival (the Passport Index methodology considers a visa upon arrival as a visa-free entry, while an electronic visa is not considered as such). In 2009, Armenians could visit only 46 countries without visas, five years ago 55 countries.
Globally, Japan and Singapore jointly held 1st place, with a visa-free or visa-on-arrival score of 189. South Korea now sits in 2nd place on the index along with Finland and Germany, with citizens of all three countries able to access 187 destinations around the world without a prior visa.
With a visa-free visa-on-arrival score of 183, the UK and the US now share 6th place – the lowest position either country has held since 2010, and a significant drop from their 1st-place spot in 2014.
Countries with citizenship-by-investment programs continue to perform strongly on the index and demonstrate a similar connection between passport power and economic and social progress, according to the report. Moving up from the 8th spot it held in the last quarter, Malta now sits in 7th place with a visa-free or visa-on-arrival score of 182, just one spot behind the UK and the US. Cyprus retains its 16th place on the index, with a score of 172, while the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda is now in 29th place, with a score of 147, rising 11 places over the past decade.-