Not all passports are created equal, and thanks to Paraguay recently removing visa requirements for Singaporeans, the Passport Index now places Singapore at the very top of the table.
Rejoice, Singaporeans, you now have the world’s most welcome passport.
International residence and citizenship advisory firm Arton Capital developed the Passport Index, which is a free interactive online resource that ranks and sorts the world’s passports by their cross-border access.
Holders of a Singaporean passport can now easily visit 159 countries, either visa-free or by gaining a visa on arrival. Prior to Paraguay’s decision, Singapore was sitting in joint first place with Germany, both with passport scores of 158. However, Singapore’s diplomacy and far-sighted foreign policy is paying dividends. Meanwhile, President Trump’s rise to power has lowered the US ranking. Since taking office, countries such as Turkey and the Central African Republic have revoked visa-free travel for US citizens.
So where does Australia rank?
Here are the new Top 10 Passport Power Rankings:
159 – Singapore
158 – Germany
157 – Sweden, South Korea
156 – Denmark, Finland, Italy, France, Spain, Norway, Japan, United Kingdom
155 – Luxemburg, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Portugal
154 – Malaysia, Ireland, Canada, United States of America
153 – Australia, Greece, New Zealand
152 – Malta, Czech Republic, Iceland
150 – Hungary
149 – Slovenia, Slovakia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia
So which nations look set to climb the list in future? Arton Capital managing director Philippe May told CNN “Small nations who are no threat to anyone as well as smart and open-minded nations, especially when there is a strong rule of law."
While Australia comes in amongst the top 25 countries, only time will tell if we’ll make our way further up the ladder next year.
Which passports offer the least mobility? Coming in at last place is Afghanistan with a score of 22, followed by Pakistan and Iraq on 26, Syria (29) and Somalia (34).