An X user falsely claimed that the Philippine passport ranking index rose due to the 10-year validity period of the passport

CLAIM: Philippine passport ranking index rose due to the 10-year validity period granted under Duterte administration

An X user falsely claimed that the Philippines passport’s 2024 world passport ranking index rose because of the Duterte administration’s implementation of the 10-year validity period for the Philippine passport.

X user Ryan Lingo said without basis in a post on Jan. 13: “This happened because of the 10-year validity period of the PH passport implemented during the Duterte administration.”

The world passport ranking is based on two companies’ ranking methodologies.

The first and oldest is the Henley Passport Index which has ranked passport indices for the past 19 years.

According to its website, the index and its contents are based on “data provided by the International Air Transport Authority (IATA) and supplemented, enhanced, and updated using extensive in-house research and open-source online data.” It includes 199 different passports and 227 different travel destinations and is updated monthly.

Another group that conducts a ranking of passports worldwide is Arton Capital.

Contrary to the claims of Lingo, both companies rank passports based on whether travelers holding respective passports enjoy visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to various destinations around the world, not a passport’s expiration. 

In 2023, the Philippine passport was ranked 75th with 66 visa-free destinations. In the latest ranking, it ranked 73rd, with access to 69 visa-free destinations. Rommel F. Lopez


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