Singapore passport ranks 5th in world for travel freedom

Singapore passport ranks 5th in world for travel freedom
Singapore's passport has visa-free access to 169 countries, ranking 5th in the world.
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SINGAPORE - The Singapore passport has been ranked among the top 5 in the world for visa-free access this year, tying with three other countries.

In this year's Visa Restrictions Index compiled by Henley & Partners, in collaboration with the International Air Transport Association, Singapore took fifth place, sharing the spot with Austria, Ireland and Switzerland.

Other Asian nations in the top 5 are Japan and South Korea, jointly taking the third spot in the rankings. Holders of such passports can travel to 171 countries without a visa.

Malaysia ranked 9th, with visa-free access to 163 countries; Thailand ranked 72nd; and Indonesia trailed behind in 83rd place.

The highest ranking passports are Germany and the United Kingdom, with visa-free access to 173 countries.

With 219 destinations worldwide, points for rankings are decided by how many places a passport-holder can travel to without a visa. The maximum score is 218, as points are not assigned for travel to their own country.

andrewg@sph.com.sg

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