The German passport is the most powerful in the world and tops Henley Passport Index for the 5th consecutive time leaving behind Singapore. The New Zealand passport fell by two rankings to reach the 7th place alongside Greece and Australia.
Henley & Partners have said that the index is a status of all the global passports. It is based on the figure of nations the passport holders can avail visa-free travel. The German passport holders avail visa-free travel to 177 nations, which is one plus from 176 in 2017. New Zealand passport holders can travel visa-free to 171 nations.
The 3rd place is shared by eight nations as their passport holders can avail visa-free travel to 175 nations. These are the UK, Sweden, Norway, Japan, Italy, France, Finland, and Denmark, as quoted by the Stuff Co NZ.
Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Pakistan are at the base of the Henley Passport Index for the second consecutive year. The passport owners of these nations can access visa-free travel to less than or 30 nations.
Christian Kälin the Chairman of Henley & Partners said that the call for visa-free entrance is bigger than ever before. Traditional immigrant-receiving nations like the US are now inclining towards isolationist and immigrant hostile policies. 2018 will have enhanced ambiguity with the UK still caught amidst Brexit talks, added Kälin.
The rankings are based on elite information from the International Air Transport Association. It maintains the largest global database for travel information. The data is also enhanced by wide-ranging in-house research.
The biggest gainers in the index for 2018 include Georgia that moved up 15 places to reach the 53rd place. Ukraine moved up by 14 places to reach 44th position and China by 10 places to reach the 75th position.
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