SINGAPORE: The Singapore passport has dethroned the Japanese passport as the best passport in the world, according to the latest Henley Passport Index. This ranking, which measures the ease of travel for passport holders based on visa-free access to countries and regions, has placed Singapore at the top spot for offering its citizens unparalleled global mobility.
The annual Henley Passport Index is a comprehensive assessment of passport rankings based on data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and in-depth research conducted by the Henley & Partners Research Department. The report offers valuable insights into the evolving landscape of global travel and showcases the shifting dynamics of passport power worldwide.
The 2023 Henley Passport Index reveals that holders of the Singapore passport can now enjoy visa-free access to an impressive 193 countries and regions, surpassing the Japanese passport’s previous record. This accomplishment marks a significant milestone for Singapore and underscores the country’s global standing and reputation for excellence.
Japan, which has long held the top position for five consecutive years, has fallen for the first time in the ranking and now shares the third spot with Austria, Finland, France, Luxembourg, South Korea, and Sweden. Passport holders from these countries have access to 189 visa-free destinations, just one less than the second-place contenders.
Germany, Italy, and Spain have emerged as the second-best passports in the world, with citizens of these three countries enjoying visa-free access to 190 countries and regions. This shared ranking reflects the strong diplomatic relationships established by these European nations and further solidifies their citizens’ travel privileges.
Another notable development in the Henley Passport Index is the rise of the British passport, which has gained two places after a six-year decline in the rankings. This upward trajectory places the British passport in fourth place, signaling improved travel opportunities for its citizens.
Conversely, the United States passport continues its downward trend, slipping two spots to the eighth position.
At the other end of the spectrum, the Afghan passport remains at the bottom of the list, offering its holders visa-free access to only 27 countries and regions. This stark contrast highlights the challenges faced by citizens of countries with limited global mobility and serves as a reminder of the disparities that exist in the realm of travel freedom.
As the Singapore passport takes the top spot, Singaporeans can relish the remarkable benefits that come with visa-free access to a wide range of countries and regions, solidifying the nation’s status as a global leader in mobility and connectivity.