Singaporeans, you're holding on to world's 2nd most powerful passport according to 2017 ranking

Singaporeans, you're holding on to world's 2nd most powerful passport according to 2017 ranking
Singapore passport is the world's second-most 'powerful', according to the 2017 Passport Index, which takes into account the number of countries each passport holder can visit without a visa, or where they can obtain a visa on arrival.
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You have good reason to be proud when producing the red passbook at immigration points around the world.

Singapore passport is the second most accepted in the world, according to the latest Passport Index, which ranks passports of the world according to their visa-free score.

Singapore has jumped remarkably from the fifth position for the past three consecutive years in another survey to nearly Number 1 position in the latest ranking by Arton Capital.

Singapore ties with Sweden, which also enjoys the same score of visa-free access to 156 cities and countries. Both countries trail behind winning Germany by only one point.

The passport of the 'Little Red Dot' is the only Asian immigration document to emerge in the top three spots.

Close behind at third placing is a number of Europeans countries with 155 points - Denmark, Finland, France, Spain, Switzerland, Norway, United Kingdom and the United States.

Japan passport is the second most desired in Asia at the fourth position, tying with six other nations.

chenj@sph.com.sg

Read also: How powerful is the Malaysian passport?

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