Singapore passport world's 'most powerful', India's 75th

Singapore passport world's 'most powerful', India's 75th

Troy Powers
October 27, 2017

Among countries of the world, Nigeria has one of the poorest passports and can only visit 44 countries either without visa as they can have such issued to the traveller upon arrival.

When it comes to global travel, not all passports are created equal.

A day after the Singapore passport gained an upgrade on the Passport Index to nab the top spot in the world - yet another upgrade is underway, this time in its passport design.

Passport Index has become the most popular interactive online tool to display, sort and rank the world's passports.

The troubles have taken off since Trump took office, as several countries have revoked visa-free access for American passport holders.

Singapore was also fourth this year in the Visa Restrictions Index, another ranking of travel freedom, which uses a different method of calculating how "powerful" a passport is.

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Coming in at last place, Afghanistan ranked 94 with visa-free score of 22.

This is the first time an Asian country has been announced as having the most powerful passport, according to the Passport Index.

However, progress has stopped - while the number of countries has stayed the same, the United States is now humiliatingly behind other nations.

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

That's where companies like Arton Capital come in, helping high net-worth individuals enlist in citizenship by investment programs (CIPs), where investing in a country's economy can grant easy access to more powerful passports.