The energy of the Australian passport has slipped from seventh spot to tenth for 2019 on the global ranking of very best passports to have if you are wanting to freely pay a visit to nations close to the planet.
The index showed that Aussie travellers can now freely pay a visit to 181 nations — two fewer than final yr, with Ukraine and Turkey suspending their visa on arrival policies.
Japan, even so, goes into the new yr holding very first spot on the Henley Passport Index, with citizens enjoying visa-free of charge/visa-on-arrival accessibility to 190 locations, whilst the US and the United kingdom proceed to drop down to shared sixth place.
The Henley Passport Index is based mostly on authoritative information from the Global Air Transport Association (IATA), and bases its rankings on how several nations a passport entitles a traveller to enter with out obtaining to pre-apply for a visa.
In a even more show of Asian passport energy, Singapore and South Korea now sit in joint 2nd spot, with accessibility to 189 locations close to the globe. Germany and France continue to be in 3rd spot going into 2019, with a visa-free of charge score of 188.
Dr. Christian H. Kälin, Group Chairman of Henley & Partners, says regardless of growing isolationist sentiment in some components of the planet, most nations continue to be committed to collaboration and mutually helpful agreements.
“Historical data from the Henley Passport Index over the past 14 years shows an overwhelming global tendency towards visa-openness,” he stated in a release.
“In 2006, a citizen, on average, could travel to 58 destinations without needing a visa from the host nation; by the end of 2018, this number had nearly doubled to 107.”
China’s regular ascent up the rankings is a clear demonstration of this.
In 2017, the nation was ranked 85th, with citizens ready to accessibility just 51 locations. Going into 2019, China now sits in 69th spot, with accessibility to 74 nations close to the planet.
As in 2018, nations with citizenship-by-investment (CBI) packages proceed to hold their robust positions on the index.
One particular of the greatest climbers for the 2019 index was United Arab Emirates, which jumped from 27th spot in 2018 to 22nd this yr.
The nations with the least volume of travel freedom contain Pakistan, with holders only ready to travel freely to 33 locations, and Syria at 32 locations. Afghanistan and Iraq ranked the lowest, with a visa-free of charge/visa-on-arrival score of 30.
Best 10 from the Henley Passport Index:
one. Japan — 190 (locations)
two. Singapore, South Korea — 189
three. France, Germany — 188
four. Denmark, Finland, Italy Sweden — 187
five. Luxembourg, Spain — 186
six. Austria, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland, United kingdom and US — 186
seven. Belgium, Canada, Greece, Ireland — 184
eight. Czech Republic — 183
9. Malta — 182
10. Australia, Iceland, New Zealand — 181