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The British passport has dropped to sixth place this year. Credit PA

The Ghanaian passport has been ranked 77th strongest in a world ranking of passports which was dominated by Asian countries. It acquired visa-free access to Myanmar, helping it beat passport rival Singapore.

Going into 2019, China now sits in 69th place, with access to 74 countries around the world.

The Republic remains second in the ranking, tied with South Korea.

Germany and France retained their third place spot for another year, with a score of 188.

Further down the list, North Korea ranks in 96th place, along with Iran and Ethiopia, . whose citizens can travel visa-free to 42 countries.

Denmark, Italy, Finland, and Sweden share joint 4th place, with access to 187 destinations around the globe. Luxembourg and Spain shared fifth place with visa-free access to 186 countries.

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 United Kingdom continues to drop down the rankings, along with the US.

While people argue over whether British passports should be blue or red, the document has tumbled down the table, falling from the top spot which it held previous year.

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) was one of the biggest climbers on the 2018 Henley Passport Index.

The ranking was an improvement on the 2018 ranking which saw the Ghanaian passport place 78th.

The New Zealand passport was named as the 10th most powerful with visa free access to 181 countries, sharing the spot with Australia and Iceland - a drop from eighth place in 2018.

The world's 'most powerful passport' has been revealed as the UK's ranking continues to fall.

The ranking is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which maintains the world's largest and most accurate database of travel information, and it is enhanced by extensive, ongoing research by the Henley & Partners Research Department.

According to the Henley Passport Index holding a Japanese passport is the opens the most doors to other countries with citizens enjoying visa free, or on arrival, access to 190 countries.

"The general spread of open-door policies has the potential to contribute billions to the global economy, as well as create significant employment opportunities around the world", he said.

China's steady ascent up the rankings is a clear demonstration of this.

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