Singaporeans get pleasure from visa-free entry to 192 locations, greater than travellers of every other nation, based on index.
Singapore has topped a rating of the world’s strongest passports, toppling Japan from the highest spot.
Singaporeans get pleasure from visa-free entry to 192 locations, greater than travellers of every other nation, based on the newest Henley Passport Index.
The Southeast Asian city-state final held the highest spot in 2021, earlier than shedding its place to Japan the next yr.
Germany, Italy and Spain had been tied in second place, with their passport holders having fun with entry to 190 locations.
Japan, which ranked first in 4 out of the final 5 years, took the quantity three spot with 189 locations, tied with France, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Luxembourg, and South Korea.
The USA, which ranked first in 2014, dropped to eighth, its lowest place but.
Greg Lindsay, City Tech Fellow at Cornell Tech, stated the US’s continuous decline within the rating over the past decade may very well be because of the nation’s lack of visa reciprocity.
“The rationale for the US’s stoop is each simple to clarify and confounding: it isn’t attempting,” Lindsay stated in an evaluation accompanying the index.
“Of the 34 nations ranked between 1 and 10, the US boasts the smallest improve within the Henley Passport Index scores between 2013 and 2023, with extra entry to solely 12 nations. Singapore, in contrast, has seen a rise of 25 extra nations throughout the identical interval, propelling it upward by 5 locations to the number one rank.”
Afghanistan was ranked because the nation with the least highly effective passport with visa-free entry to simply 27 locations, adopted by Yemen, Pakistan, Syria and Iraq.
Henley & Companions, a London-based immigration consultancy, compiles the annual rating utilizing information from the Worldwide Air Transport Affiliation (IATA). The index ranks nations based mostly on the variety of locations its residents can go to and not using a visa.