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.