Iraq and Afghanistan continues to sit at the bottom (106th) of the Henley Passport Index - based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Japan edged ahead of Singapore after gaining visa-free access to Myanmar earlier this month.
The United States and the UK, both with visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 186 destinations, are in fifth place.
Singapore featured at No.2 with 189 visa waivers, while Germany lost the top spot to end up at No.3 together with France and South Korea at 188 visa waivers. France moved up a place last Friday when it gained visa-free access to Uzbekistan.
The US and the United Kingdom, both with 186 destinations, slid from 4th to 5th place, with neither having gained access to new jurisdictions since the start of 2018.
Russia received a boost in September when Taiwan announced a visa-waiver for Russian nationals (valid until July 2019), but the country has nonetheless fallen from 46th to 47th place compared to Q3, because of movements higher up in the ranking.
However, South Africa still ranks 3rd in Africa, after the Seychelles (25th strongest passport in the world, with 152 destinations) and Mauritius (31st strongest passport in the world, with 146 destinations). "This is still an impressive 14-place improvement over the position that China held at the start of 2017", noted the site.
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The two had been neck-and-neck since they both climbed to first place in February, said the release.
The Henley Passport Index represents "the most rigorous and sophisticated measure of global access", according to. the Henley Passport Index.
The Henley Passport Index, according to its website, is a ranking of all the passports of the world according to the number of countries their holders can travel to visa-free.
Last year, a ranking of passports by worldwide global financial advisory firm Arton Capital showed that the Philippine passport is moderately weak, with its holders having visa-free access to only 61 countries.
Many ranking spots are shared by multiple countries with access to the same number of destinations. It's risen from 62nd place in 2006 to now being No. 21 in the rankings.
As a result, while SA is ranked at 52, there are actually 95 countries with stronger-rated passports on the index.
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