China has world's 136th most powerful passport, 69 spots behind Taiwan


With an extra point now, Singapore has nudged Germany out of it number one spot in the index which considers the passports of 193 United Nations member countries and six territories.

When it comes to global travel, not all passports are created equal. And recently Paraguay removed visa requirements for those carrying Singapore's passport, making it the 159th country Singaporeans can enter easily.

According to Passport Index developed by global financial advisory firm Arton Capital, the Indian passport is positioned at 75 - much poorer than African countries like Zimbabwe (65), Uganda (66), Madagascar (74), Rwanda (72) and war-ravaged Sierra Leone (67).

This left the USA with a score of 154 and an index ranking of sixth, the same as Malaysia, Ireland and Canada, and behind 18 other passports. "It is a testament of Singapore's inclusive diplomatic relations and effective foreign policy", PTI quoted Philippe May, managing director of Arton Capital's Singapore office.

The least powerful passport continues to be Afghanistan, with just 22 countries allowing visa-free access to its residents.

The rankings from the worldwide finance firm Arton Capital had US passports tied for sixth place - along with Ireland, Canada, and Malaysia - for global mobility.

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You probably won't be too surprised to learn that it's the Singaporean passport.

With 154 score and behind 18 other countries.

\In Henley & Partners' 2017 Index, released in March, Germany retained its position at the top of the Index for the second year running, with visa-free access to 176 countries out of 218.

But there has been a huge shift as three Asian countries have shot up into the top four tiers, with South Korea ranking in joint third place with Sweden.

The UK is tied in fourth place along with Denmark, Finland, Italy, France, Spain, Norway, and Japan.