The ability of the Australian passport has been bumped from tenth to ninth place within the newest worldwide rating of greatest passports to have in the event you’re desirous to freely go to international locations around the globe.
The March 2019 Henley Passport Index exhibits Aussie travellers can freely go to 181 international locations — two fewer than final yr — with Ukraine and Turkey suspending their visa-on-arrival insurance policies.
Japan has maintained their holding of first place on the Index however now share the highest spot with Singapore and South Korea, with residents having fun with visa-free/visa-on-arrival entry to 189 locations.
The US jumped up one spot to fifth place, whereas the UK shared sixth place with Belgium, Canada, Greece and Eire with 184 locations.
The Henley Passport Index is predicated on authoritative information from the Worldwide Air Transport Affiliation (IATA) and bases its rankings on what number of international locations a passport entitles a traveller to enter with out having to pre-apply for a visa.
The newest rankings are an additional show of Asian passport energy.
Germany, in second place with a visa-free rating of 188, is simply forward of France, Denmark, Finland, Italy and Sweden on 187.
Dr Christian H. Kälin, group chairman of Henley & Companions, says regardless of rising isolationist sentiment in some elements of the world, most international locations stay dedicated to collaboration and mutually helpful agreements.
“Historic information from the Henley Passport Index over the previous 14 years exhibits an amazing international tendency in the direction of visa openness,” he stated in a launch.
“In 2006, a citizen, on common, may journey to 58 locations with no need a visa from the host nation; by the top of 2018, this quantity had practically doubled to 107.”
China’s regular ascent up the rankings is a transparent demonstration of this.
In 2017, the nation was ranked eighty fifth, with residents in a position to entry simply 51 locations. Now in 2019, China sits in 67th place with entry to 74 international locations around the globe.
“The present energy of Asian passports is emblematic of this progressive shift, and it appears sure that increasingly more international locations will observe go well with in an effort to profit from international flows of expertise and capital,” Dr Kälin stated.
As in 2018, international locations with citizenship-by-investment applications proceed to carry their robust positions on the index.
One of many largest climbers for this 2019 index was Albania, which has moved up 28 locations previously 10 years. Residents of this as soon as closed-off nation are actually in a position to entry 116 locations with no prior visa.
The international locations with the least quantity of journey freedom embody Pakistan, with holders solely in a position to journey freely to 33 locations, and Somalia and Syria at 32 locations. Afghanistan and Iraq ranked the bottom, with a visa-free/visa-on-arrival rating of 30.
Prime 10 from the Henley Passport Index:
1. Japan, Singapore, South Korea — 189 (locations)
2. Germany — 188
3. France, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Sweden — 187
4. Luxembourg, Spain — 186
5. Austria, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland, US — 185
6. UK, Belgium, Canada, Greece, Eire — 184
7. Czech Republic — 183
8. Malta — 182
9. Australia, Iceland, New Zealand — 181
10. Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia — 180