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Wednesday 25 October 2017

Meet the most powerful passport in the world

Which passport will get you to the most countries around the globe without needing pesky visas?

The result may come as a surprise but Passport Index has named a Singapore passport as the most powerful - with a visa-free score of 159 nations.

The Top 10 most powerful passports in the world have historically been European, with Germany having the lead for the past two years.

While Singapore has quietly climbed the ranks, most recently reaching agreement with Paraguay, US passports have fallen since Donald Trump took office as president. Most recently, Turkey and the Central African Republic revoked their visa-free status to US passport holders. 

Other Asian passports in the Top 20 include those of South Korea, Japan and Malaysia.

The Passport Index is the world's reference on everything passports. Developed by Arton Capital, a leading global advisory for residence and citizenship solutions, the Passport Index has become the most popular interactive online tool to display, sort and rank the world's passports.

The Index ranks national passports by the cross-border access they bring, assigning a "visa-free score" according to the number of countries a passport holder can visit visa-free or with visa on arrival.

New Top 10 Passport Power Ranking:
159 - Singapore
158 - Germany
157 - Sweden, South Korea
156 - Denmark, Finland, Italy, France, Spain, Norway, Japan, United Kingdom
155 - Luxembourg, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Portugal
154 - Malaysia, Ireland, Canada, United States of America
153 - Austria, Greece, New Zealand
152 - Malta, Czech Republic, Iceland
150 - Hungary
149 - Slovenia, Slovakia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia

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