Singapore now offers the world's most powerful passport

Saul Bowman
October 28, 2017

For the U.S., the report says the country's passport power dropped since President Donald Trump took office.

The powerful ranking is a reflection of the country's positive diplomatic relations and affords its citizens visa-free border crossing at 159 countries.

The now in the sixth tier, bested by countries such as Germany, Sweden, South Korea, Denmark and France.

"More recently, Turkey and the Central African Republic revoked their visa-free status to U.S. passport holders", it added.

Singapore's passport has been announced as the most powerful in the world as it secured the top spot in the index' most powerful ranking with a visa-free score of 159.

Passports of 193 United Nations member countries and six territories - ROC Taiwan, Macao (SAR China), Hong Kong (SAR China), Kosovo, Palestinian Territory and the Vatican - are considered for the index.

Singapore can now claim to have the world's strongest passport-the first time an Asian country tops the list, knocking out perennially strong European countries, according to new rankings.

India's passport entitles holder to visa-free travel to 51 countries.

The firm judged the passports by how many countries they allow holders to visit without applying for a visa.

This left the USA with a score of 154 and an index ranking of sixth, the same as Malaysia, Ireland and Canada, and behind 18 other passports.

The ranking has come after Paraguay eased its visa requirement for Singaporean passport holders.

"Visa-free global mobility has become an important factor in today's world", said Armand Arton, founder and president of Arton Capital, at the recently held Global Citizen Forum in Montenegro.

"More and more people every year invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in a second passport to offer better opportunity and security for their families", he added. In contrast, nations under duress-like Afghanistan, Syria, and Yemen-round out the bottom of the list.

Last year, the United States came close behind the UK, ranking in fourth tier, with its citizens able to travel visa-free to 156 countries. Spain and Italy tied for third, with Ireland rounding out the top five.

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