According to a new ranking, Australians hold in our hot little hands the world’s seventh-most-powerful passport, with Singapore claiming the coveted top spot.
Passport Index (developed by Canada-based visa advisory firm Arton Capital) ranks official documents according to the number of countries citizens can enter either without a visa or by obtaining one on arrival. Singapore has shot to the top of the list after Paraguay removed visa requirements for its citizens, meaning Singaporean travellers can now breeze through customs in 159 countries.
Philippe May, managing director of Arton Capital’s Singapore office, said in a statement the ranking “is a testament of Singapore’s inclusive diplomatic relations and effective foreign policy”. It’s the first time an Asian nation has claimed the ranking’s top spot.
Australia dropped one place to be ranked seventh alongside Greece and New Zealand in 2017. Scroll down to see which other countries are currently sitting pretty in the top 10:
#3 Sweden, South Korea
#4 Denmark, Finland, Italy, France, Spain, Norway, Japan, UK
#5 Luxembourg, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Portugal
#6 Malaysia, Ireland, USA, Canada
#7 Australia, New Zealand, Greece
#8 Malta, Czechia, Iceland
#10 Slovenia, Slovakia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia