Czech Passport is the 8th Most Powerful in the World

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The Czech Republic has the eight most powerful passport in the world for 2019, according to an annual ranking system.

A recent study by Henley & Partners, a London-based consulting firm that specializes in citizenship services, rates world passports based on how much visa-free travel they entitle their owner to.

People carrying a Czech passport can easily enter 183 countries, along with Malta and New Zealand.

Japan retains its top spot as the world's most travel-friendly passport thanks to the document's access to 190 countries. South Korea edged up the ranking from October's index to join Singapore, offering access to 189 jurisdictions, thanks to a new visa-on-arrival agreement with India.

Elsewhere in the region, China jumped almost 20 places in just two years, from 85th in 2017 to 69th this year.

European countries also performed favorably, with European Union member states (along with Norway and the US) filling in the places behind the top three nations -- although the UK continues to drop down the rankings, along with the US.

The best passports to hold at the beginning of 2019 are:

1. Japan (190 countries)

2. Singapore, South Korea (189)

3. France, Germany (188)

4. Denmark, Finland, Italy, Sweden (187)

5. Luxembourg, Spain (186)

6. Austria, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States (185)

7. Belgium, Canada, Greece, Ireland (184)

8. Czech Republic (183)

9. Malta (182)

10. Australia, Iceland, New Zealand (181)

The worst passports to hold:

99. Palestinian Territory, Sudan (39 countries)

100. Eritrea (38)

101. Yemen (37)

102. Pakistan (33)

103. Somalia, Syria (32)

104. Afghanistan, Iraq (30)

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