WITH Paraguay removing its visa requirements for Singaporeans, Singapore now has a visa-free score of 159, making it the most powerful passport worldwide according to the Passport Index.

The index, developed by global advisory for residence and citizenship solutions, Arton Capital, ranks passports by the cross-border access they bring, assigning a “visa-free score” according to the number of countries a passport holder can visit visa-free, or with visa on arrival.

Historically, the Top 10 most powerful passports in the world were mostly European, with Germany in the lead for the past two years. Since April 2017, Germany has shared the number one position with Singapore, which has been steadily moving up the ranks. Other Asian passports in the Top 20 include South Korea’s in third place, Japan’s in fourth and Malaysia’s in sixth position with a score of 154.

“For the first time ever an Asian country has the most powerful passport in the world,” said managing director of Arton Capital’s Singapore office, Philippe May.

Below is the new top 10 passport power ranking:

  1. 159 – Singapore
  2. 158 – Germany
  3. 157 – Sweden, South Korea
  4. 156 – Denmark, Finland, Italy, France, Spain, Norway, Japan, United Kingdom
  5. 155 – Luxemburg, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Portugal
  6. 154 – Malaysia, Ireland, Canada, United States of America
  7. 153 – Austria, Greece, New Zealand
  8. 152 – Malta, Czech Republic, Iceland
  9. 150 – Hungary
  10. 149 – Slovenia, Slovakia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia

Source: The Business Times