The Jakarta Post
Indonesia has the 72nd most powerful passport in the world. (Shutterstock/Maxx-Studio)
Indonesian passport holders can now travel to 71 countries without applying for a visa prior to arrival, placing 72nd on the list of the world's most powerful passports alongside China and Kenya.
The list, included in the annually released Henley Passport Index, based its ranking on data from the International Air Transport Authority (IATA) and have been “supplemented, enhanced and updated using extensive research and open-source online data”, according to the London-based consultancy agency’s website.
Each index score represents the number of countries the passport holder is able to enter, either visa-free or by visa on arrival. The list includes 199 different passports cross-checked against 227 travel destinations.
Fellow Southeast Asian country Singapore placed second on this year’s list, with an index of 190 countries. It is just one less country than Japan, which has held first place three years in a row with 191 countries.
Malaysia was the second-highest Southeast Asian country on the list, placing 13th with 176 countries. Thailand ranks 65th while the Philippines stands in 76th place.
Among the countries Indonesian travelers can visit without a prior visa are Barbados, Brazil, Hong Kong, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Morocco, Namibia, Nepal, Qatar, Rwanda, Senegal, Uganda and Zimbabwe, according to kompas.com.
Last year’s list saw Indonesia ranked 75th, enabling citizens of the archipelago to freely visit 69 destinations. (vel/wng)
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