Singapore Passport World's Most Powerful, India Improves Its Ranking

This is the first time an Asian country has the most powerful

THE LITTLE Red Dot has huge passport power, with a new index crowning Singapore's passport the best to own of any country's. After Singapore, the next highest ranked nations are Germany, Sweden and South Korea.

This is the first time the passport of an Asian country is named the most powerful.

A general view of a Singapore passport.

But, how does the index, developed by global financial advisory firm Arton Capital, work and why does India fare so poorly?

Philippe May, managing director of Arton Capital's Singapore office, said the ranking "is a testament of Singapore's inclusive diplomatic relations and effective foreign policy". In the Nomad Passport Index, which measures visa-free travel as well as taxes on worldwide visitors, possibilities for dual citizenship, individual rights, and global perception, the United States tied for 35th place.

Passports of 193 United Nations member countries and six territories were considered.

The report showed other countries as follows: Algeria (46); Liberia, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, and Burundi and Cameroon (47) are African countries with a stronger passport than Nigeria.

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"Visa-free global mobility has become an important factor in today's world", said founder and president of Arton Capital Armand Arton.

Singapore now single-handedly dominates the first tier of the global passport rank, compared to its rival Germany which came in at 158 visa-free country allowances.

Brits can travel to 156 countries visa-free.

There's also no need for Singapore citizens with existing valid passports to replace their passports as the current ones remain valid for travel.

The power of a US passport has plummeted under President Donald Trump.

Meanwhile, Scandinavian nations Finland and Denmark have dropped slightly compared to a year ago, dropping two and one tier places respectively.

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