10/25/2017 1:03:50 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
For the first time, Singapore has become the most powerful passport in the world allowing its citizens visa-free entry into 159 countries. This happened after Paraguay removed visa requirements for Singaporeans taking it to the top of the Passport Index.
Historically, the Top 10 most powerful passports in the world were mostly European, with Germany having the lead for the past two years. Since early 2017, the number one position was shared with Singapore, which was steadily going up. Other Asian passports in the Top 20 include those of South Korea, Japan and Malaysia.
According to Philippe 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." "It is a testament of Singapore's inclusive diplomatic relations and effective foreign policy," shared May.
While Singapore quietly climbed the ranks, the US passport has fallen down since Trump took office. Most recently Turkey and the Central African Republic revoked their visa-free status to US passport holders.