Have you ever wandered which passports make it easier to cross borders than others? Or which nationalities are more advantageous than others when traveling?
Traveling has become easier. But this does not mean that we can all fairly go to the countries of our choice. Thus, traveling in the Schengen area is simple for nationals of the member states of this area of free movement in Europe. But visas are often needed to travel around the world and visit some countries.
The financial consulting firm Arton Capital has released its ranking of the most advantageous passports in the world. Previously, Germany was leading this ranking but now it’s Singapore’s passport the number 1.
By removing visa requirements for Singaporeans, Paraguay helped Singapore edge out Germany for the top spot in a passport index developed by global financial advisory firm Arton Capital. Historically, the top ten most powerful passports in the world were mostly European, with Germany having the lead for the past two years.
The passports taken into account are the 193 member countries of the United Nations, as well as Taiwan, Macau, Hong Kong, Kosovo, Palestine and the Vatican.
Belgium is ranked 5th along with Luxembourg, Portugal, Netherlands, Austria, and Switzerland.
Greece stands alone on the 7th place, financial crisis notwithstanding.
For the most part, it has been a good year for travelers’ international access. Since last year, most countries have retained the same levels of access or gained some. Seven passports, though, lost visa-free access to one other country: Azerbaijan, New Zealand, Antigua and Barbuda, Algeria, Laos, North Korea, and Syria, according to Henley. The Georgian passport gained the most access of any country, with new visa-free access to 32 countries, including those of the Schengen zone.