If you’ve been wondering what passport is the best to own in order to have less limited access to various countries in the world, guess no more. Singapore now has the world’s most powerful passport. This Asian island now holds the first place on the Passport Index (an online tool that sorts and ranks the world’s passports) of most powerful passports in the world. Read on to find out how it happened and what privileges Singaporean citizens now have!
This title didn’t happen just overnight. In fact, Paraguay’s decision to remove the visa requirements for Singaporean passport holders triggered this change in the world’s most powerful passports. It previously shared the position with Germany. The removal of visa requirements by Paraguay made it much easier for Singaporean citizens to move and visit a less limited number of countries.
A great thing about Singapore gaining the title of the most powerful passport in the world is that Singaporean citizens can now visit a total of 159 countries. What’s even better is that they can enter most of the countries completely visa free.
Philippe May, managing director of Arton Capital’s Singapore office recently talked to CNN. He argued that this is the first time ever that an Asian country holds the world’s most powerful passport. He also went on to say: “Singapore has constantly increased its passport strength since it became independent in 1965,” he said. “This due to a smart and far-sighted foreign policy, excellent diplomacy and by understanding globalization as an opportunity. Unlike Schengen member countries [in Europe], Singapore decides alone who to grant visa-free access.”
The passport situation isn’t really the same for all countries. While Singapore have slowly climbed the passport ranks, countries like the U.S. have slipped. Normally, that didn’t happen for no reason whatsoever. The U.S. can owe it to tensions that have recently surfaced. For example, the U.S. and Turkey dispute resulted in the suspension of visas and these kind of events shape the countries’ economy and passport status. The U.S. is now in the sixth tier, having been surpassed by countries like Denmark, France, South Korea, and Sweden.