The Henley Passport Index is a ranking that is based on the exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). IATA maintains the largest and most comprehensive data for travel information. This data is enhanced by the extensive in-house research conducted by expert teams. Every year, the index releases the report of the most powerful passports in the world maintaining the view that the need for visa-free access in traveling is increasing continuously.
The latest results of the study have revealed that the German passport is the most powerful passport all across the world. The citizens of Germany enjoy visa-free access to 177 countries which has increased from 176 in the previous year. Following Germany closely is Singapore with access to 176 countries. At the 3rd place stands jointly Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden, and the UK — share third place, offering passport-holders access to 175 countries. On the fourth spot stands Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Spain whose passport provides visa-free access to 174 countries.
Australia proudly stands at the 7th position in this ranking. An Australian passport provides access to 171 countries and once again proves that why it is among the top choices by students and job workers seeking permanent residency in here.
Dr. Christian H. Kälin, Group Chairman of Henley & Partners talked about the index ratings and said with the changes in the nature of businesses and economies, there is increasing need of working on a global scale and thus visa-free access has become more important than ever.