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Most Powerful Passports Are From Singapore; US Rank Falls

Most Powerful Passports Are From Singapore; US Rank Falls
Singapore has the world's most powerful passport. (Gregory21/Dreamstime)

By    |   Thursday, 26 October 2017 06:59 AM

The tiny island of Singapore now has the most powerful passports of any nation when it comes to ease of travel around the world, with the U.S. falling further down the list.

Singaporean citizens don’t even need a visa in most countries, or they can get one as they arrive, according to a ranking by Arton Capital, Time reported.

It is the first time an Asian country has risen to the top of the list, according to CNBC. Usually, European countries come out at the top. In this year’s list, Germany is ranked second, followed by Sweden, North Korea, Japan, and the U.K.

America’s ranking has fallen in recent years because of some deterioration in relations with countries such as Cuba, China, Brazil, and Turkey. About 159 countries can be entered visa-free from Singapore; it's 154 from the United States, Arton Capital’s rankings show.

The reason for Singapore’s superior ranking isn’t necessarily because it is superior in some way to countries ranked lower, but because it is a small nation and not a threat to anyone, Arton Capital managing director Philippe May told CNN.

Countries at the bottom of the list include Somalia with a score of 34, Syria with 29, Iraq and Pakistan with 26, and Afghanistan with 22. Only independent nations are considered for the ranking, not territories. 

The news seemed to make Singaporean citizens on Twitter happy, but not necessarily eager to travel outside the country. 

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The tiny island of Singapore now has the most powerful passports of any nation when it comes to ease of travel around the world, with the U.S. falling further down the list.
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