Singapore Claims the Title of World's Most Powerful Passport

It's for the first time ever that an Asian country has the most powerful passport in the world

The Philippines ranked 66th on the global index and shares the spot with Uganda which has visa-free access to the same number of countries.

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

Singapore has the world's "most powerful" passport, according to a global ranking topped for the first time by an Asian country with India figuring at 75th position, three notches better than its previous ranking. India has been given a visa-free score of 51, below countries like Mali, Madagascar, Gabon, and Comoros, which all had a visa-free score of 52.

According to Arton Capital, since US President Donald Trump took office, Americans have become less welcome across the globe, with Turkey and the Central African Republic being the most recent nations to revoke visa-free status, leaving the US with a score of 154 and behind 18 other nations.

In recent months, Singapore and Germany have been tied for first place, but Singapore rose to the number-one spot after Paraguay recently removed visa requirements, Arton Capital said on October 25.

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).

"It is a testament of Singapore's inclusive diplomatic relations and effective foreign policy". Bhutan is ranked at 76 with a score of 50. Georgian citizens can enter 67 countries visa-free and 38 upon arrival (total 105 countries).

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

Sweden also stayed in second position with 175 countries, and Denmark, Finland, Italy, Spain and the United States tied in third place with 174. Most recently Turkey and the Central African Republic revoked their visa-free status to USA passport holders, the statement said.

At the bottom of the list stands Afghanistan, with a score of 22.

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