Since early this year, two countries have shared the top spot in the ranking for the world’s most powerful passport list: Singapore and Germany. Thanks to Paraguay’s recent decision to remove visa requirements for Singaporeans, the country’s passport holders can now travel to 159 countries visa-free, and is now officially the world’s most powerful passport, according to Passport Index, Arton Capital’s online tool which collects and ranks passports of the world.
According to Phillipe May, managing director of Arton Capital’s Singapore office, “for the first time ever an Asian country has the most powerful passport in the world” and that “it is a testament of Singapore’s inclusive diplomatic relations and effective foreign policy.”
Here are the other countries included in the top ten:
|Country||No. of Visa-Free Countries|
|Sweden, South Korea|
|4||Denmark, Finland, Italy, France, Spain, Norway, Japan, United Kingdom|
|Luxembourg, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Portugal|
|Malaysia, Ireland, United States, Canada|
|Greece, New Zealand, Australia|
|Malta, Czechia, Iceland|
|10||Slovenia, Slovakia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia|
Down at the bottom of the list is Afghanistan with 22 points, followed by Pakistan and Iraq, both at 26. Meanwhile, the Philippines settled at 63, one place higher from an earlier tally from the international financial company’s Passport Index.
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