New Delhi, Oct 25: Recently Singapore's passport has been announced as the most powerful in the world. It has secured the top spot in the Passport Index' most powerful ranking with a visa-free score of 159. This is a matter of pride for Asia as for the first time an Asian country has been announced as having the most powerful passport. Germany and Sweden ranked second and third, with a score of 158 and 157, respectively. This is according to the Passport Index developed by global financial advisory firm Arton Capital. These 5 things make the Singapore passport unique and powerful:
1. The index says that Singapore passport holders enjoy visa-free access to 173 countries.
2. The ranking has come after Paraguay eased its visa requirement for Singaporean passport holders. Other Asian passports in the top 20 include those of South Korea, Japan and Malaysia. On the other hand, the United States passport has fallen in the ranking since President Donald Trump took office, according to the index.
3. The Passport Index developed by Arton Capital ranks national passports by the cross-border access that they bring by assigning a "visa-free score," according to the number of countries a passport holder can visit visa-free or with visa on arrival.
The passports of 193 United Nations member countries and six territories were considered.
4. Historically, the top 10 most powerful passports in the world tend to be European, with Germany in the lead for the past two years, according to a press release issued on October 25.
5. Since early 2017, the top position was shared with Singapore, which was steadily moving up the ranks.
News24Bureau with Agencies