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Singapore Passport Most Powerful, Valuable in 2017

28 October 2017

"For the first time ever, an Asian country has the most powerful passport in the world", Philippe May, managing director of Arton Capital's Singapore office, said in a statement.

That means the approximately 3.4 million holders of Singaporean passports can now travel to 159 countries either without a visa at all, or can have one issued on arrival.

Passport Index ranks passports from across the world on their total visa-free score, meaning how much global mobility the passport holder has.

"It is a testament of Singapore's inclusive diplomatic relations and effective foreign policy".

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Meanwhile, the least mobile passport in the world is Afghanistan, with a score of 22, followed by Pakistan and Iraq at 26.

"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".

For anyone who's traveled away from their native land to another country, the process of obtaining a visa can range from headache inducing to a shockingly invasive experience.

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The Individual Passport Power Rank is updated annually by Arton Capital.

Henley & Partners, working with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), releases its own Visa Restrictions Index once a year and considers 218 countries and territories for its list.

Also in the top ten are: Sweden (124 and 33), South Korea (117 and 40), Denmark, Finland and Italy (124 and 32), France (123 and 33), Spain (122 and 34) and Norway (120 and 36). This comparatively low number has contributed to the low ranking for the Indian passport.

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Travelers can view the full list of powerful passports here.

Singapore Passport Most Powerful, Valuable in 2017