Jakarta. Indonesian passports climbed seven places on the 2018 Henley Passport Index, ranking sixth regionally and 72nd globally.
The index, published by global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley & Partners on Wednesday (10/01), is based on the number of countries that grant visa-free entry to the passport holder. It lists 219 countries.
In Southeast Asia, Singapore ranks first, with visa-free access to 176 countries, followed by Malaysia and Brunei, with 166 and 153 countries respectively.
Singapore's passport ranks second globally, with Germany at the top spot for the fifth year in a row.
Indonesia shares the spot with the Philippines, with visa-free entry to 63 countries.
While countries in Southeast Asia remain stable, according to the index Indonesia was the region's highest individual climber.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs this week launched a new online service for overseas Indonesians, which contains a single database of Indonesian citizens living abroad and also provides consular, employment and immigration services.