Singapore now offers the world's most powerful passport

Jerome Frank
October 28, 2017

The Singapore passport is officially the world's most powerful.

On the other hand, the United States passport has fallen to 6th rank since President Donald Trump took office, according to the index.

To compile the Index, Arton Capital compared the passports of 193 United Nations member countries and six territories (Taiwan, Macau, Hong Kong, Kosovo, Palestinian Territory and the Vatican).

The Indian passport continues to fare poorly in the global power rankings with it occupying the 75th position, only three indices higher than its position a year ago.

The passport index ranks passports based on their "total visa-free score" and each country receives a point for the number of countries that people with their passport can travel to without a visa. Singapore's top ranking this year is attributed to Paraguays removal of visa requirements for Singaporeans.

The Passport Index's Global Passport Power Rank 2017 has ranked India at a lowly 75position.

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The Afghanistan passport meanwhile was deemed as the weakest passport with visa-free access only to 22 countries. Territories annexed to other countries are excluded.

"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.

Travelers can view the full list of powerful passports here.

For anyone who's traveled away from their native land to another country, the process of obtaining a visa can range from headache inducing to a shockingly invasive experience. Although in the "individual classification", the Belarussian passport is listed as coming in at 109th place, and Oman 111th place.

According to the "Global Passport Power Rank 2017" by global financial advisory firm Arton Capital, Germany is ranked second, followed by Sweden and South Korea in third place.

The Nomad Passport Index, meanwhile, ranks 199 citizenships on five factors: visa-free travel, worldwide taxation, perception, dual citizenship and personal freedom.

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