The consensus on Singapore’s “little red book” ranking the world’s most powerful passport has solidified Identity Week Asia, due to take place in Singapore, as the perfect event to meet and discuss physical documents, as well as digital identity solutions.
Singapore beat Japan in the world rankings, the Henley Passport Index showed, across the APAC region and beyond for design, security features and usability which equally contributes to a useful passport. Japan was knocked off the top ranking held for 5 consecutive years after the latest study. Singapore’s passport boosts international travel to 192 countries, meeting the demand for travel while ensuring a continuous focus on the document’s security elements.
Singapore’s ambition to build the best passport ever enables travel to 193 out of 227 countries without visa entry.
The IATA, or International Air Transport Authority, inputted data to reassess the leaderboard of 227 countries delivering a well-rounded passport. 199 passports are typically considered in the Henley Passport Index consensus.
IATA’s Louise Cole who is head of Customer Experience will be joining the “Frictionless Travel” panel discussion at Identity Week America 2023 on 3-4 October.
Among the top passports determined in the Index, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria and Finland also performed highly.
By comparison, America’s position slipped in the global passport rankings which could be due to the U.S. not having many state-issued ID documents.
Stage set for Identity Week Asia in Singapore
The passport is not the only indicator of Singapore’s economy and foothold in international travel. GovTech Singapore, a statutory board of the Government of Singapore, has signed plenty of MUA partnerships to bolster digitalisation and digital government.
A host of high-profile speakers are already spread across the whole agenda at Identity Week Asia to contribute to full discussions between the industry’s biggest players.
For more details of the agenda and to get your free virtual pass, see here.