According to the Passport Index, which tabulates the number of countries that holders of passports can enter either visa-free or by gaining a visa on arrival, the tiny nation of Singapore now has the most powerful passport in the world. It’s the first time an Asian country has topped the list, historically dominated by European states.
For the past two years, Germany officially topped the list. Now Singapore’s passport has been announced as the most powerful in the world as it secured the top spot in the Passport Index’ most powerful ranking with a visa-free score of 159. Meaning the citizens are able to travel to 159 countries visa free.
Paraguay has removed all visa requirements for Singaporeans—following 158 other countries who did the same—helping the Asian nation nudge aside Germany as the issuer of the world’s most far-reaching passport.
“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,” managing director of Arton Capital’s Singapore office Philippe May said in a statement.
According to Arton Capital, since President Donald Trump took office, Americans have become less welcome across the globe, with Turkey and the Central African Republic being the most recent nations to revoke visa-free status, leaving the US with a score of 154 and behind 18 other nations.
At the bottom of the list? Afghanistan, with a score of 22.
New Top 10 Passport Power Ranking:
1. 159 – Singapore
2. 158 – Germany
3. 157 – Sweden, South Korea
4. 156 – Denmark, Finland, Italy, France, Spain, Norway, Japan, United Kingdom
5. 155 – Luxemburg, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Portugal
6. 154 – Malaysia, Ireland, Canada, United States of America
7. 153 – Australia, Greece, New Zealand
8. 152 – Malta, Czech Republic, Iceland
9. 150 – Hungary
10. 149 – Slovenia, Slovakia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia