The Henley Passport Index was shared a couple of days ago. We reported that it contains the Hungarian travel permit and it is in a very illustrious position. The index found that Hungary’s travel license is the world’s ninth best, allowing you to enter 184 countries visa-free. The strongest is the Japanese, which enables citizens to go to 193 destinations. However, even that has Hungarian relevance.
According to index.hu, a Hungarian IT security company developed the Japanese passport allowing locals to enter 193 countries without having a visa. The Hungarian firm is an internationally acknowledged enterprise and its CEO and founder talked about the issue to index.hu.
The London-based Henley & Partners regularly compiles a list of the world’s strongest passports. The Henley Passport Index is the original, authoritative ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa. The index is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) – the largest, most accurate travel information database – and enhanced by Henley & Partners’ research team, their website wrote.
With historical data spanning 18 years, the Henley Passport Index is the only one of its kind based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Authority (IATA). The index includes 199 different passports and 227 different travel destinations. Updated quarterly, the Henley Passport Index is considered the standard reference tool for global citizens and sovereign states when assessing where a passport ranks on the global mobility spectrum, they added.
At the end of the list are dictatorships, war-torn and developing countries, and not or partly accepted states. This year, the last five countries are Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, and Yemen.
Meanwhile, the first one is Japan, with visa-free access to 193 countries. In the second place, there are Singapore and South Korea, while the “bronze prize” went to Germany and Spain. Hungary is in 9th place, like Poland, with 184 accessible visa-free destinations. Interestingly, we precede Slovakia, (10th, 183 states), Slovenia (11th, 182 countries), Romania (17th, 175), Croatia (174). In the Central European region, only the Czech Republic’s passport offers more visa-free destinations (186). East of the Elbe, only Greece offers more such travels (185). HERE you may check out the full list.
However, Hungarians took part in developing Japan’s world-conquering passport, index.hu said. The company making it is a Budapest-based IT security firm. The project’s greatest challenge was to find a unique software solution for the Japanese travel license’s chip, complying with the strict Japanese security and performance demands.
As a result, they created one of the world’s swiftest and safest electronic passports, Tamás Szabó, IT expert, the CEO and founder of the developer ID&Trust Ltd told index.hu. He heads one of the few Hungarian companies that are well-known abroad, but only a few have heard about it in Hungary.
Source: index.hu, henleyglobal.com