Singapore passport world's 'most powerful', India's 75th
- Author: Darren Santiago Oct 27, 2017,
Oct 27, 2017, 0:21
Another important takeaway from the updated index is that the USA passport has also dropped in ranking since President Donald Trump took office last fall.
Germany is in second place, with citizens able to visit 158 countries without obtaining a visa first, while Sweden and South Korea are tied in third place.
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The rankings from the worldwide finance firm Arton Capital had USA passports tied for sixth place - along with Ireland, Canada, and Malaysia - for global mobility.
United States passports declined in power - with Arton noting that Turkey and the Central African Republic have revoked their visa-free status for U.S. passport holders since Donald Trump took power.
Passport Index has become the most popular interactive online tool to display, sort and rank the world's passports.
This is a "testament of Singapore's inclusive diplomatic relations and effective foreign policy", he added.
Meanwhile, it's good news for Singaporeans, as their national travel document has topped this year's rankings, making it the most powerful passport globally with access to 159 countries.
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India, figures at 75th position with a visa-free score of 51.
Passports of 193 United Nations member countries and six territories were considered in the index.
With 154 score and behind 18 other countries. "More and more people every year invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in a second passport to offer better opportunity and security for their families".
"Most recently Turkey and the Central African Republic revoked their visa-free status to the USA", it said.
The bottom five nations on the list are Afghanistan, which ranked 94th with a visa-free score of 22; Pakistan and Iraq both at 93 with a score of 26; Syria at 92 with a score of 29; and Somalia 91 with a score of 34.
But existing passports are still valid for travel, and there's no need to replace them now unless they're expiring soon.
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