Singapore passport is the world’s most powerful, India’s ranks 75th

Passport Index has become the most popular interactive online tool to display, sort and rank the world's passports.

By: PTI | Singapore | Updated: October 26, 2017 6:50 am
passport, passport office, MEA, Pune passport office, Pune Regional Passport Office, Passport Seva Kendra, pune enws, city news, local news, pune newsline, maharashtra news, Indian Express India, which was listed 78th last year, has improved its ranking, figuring at 75th position with a visa-free score of 51.

Singapore has the world’s “most powerful” passport, according to a global ranking topped for the first time by an Asian country with India figuring at 75th position, three notches better than its previous ranking. According to the ‘Global Passport Power Rank 2017′ by global financial advisory firm Arton Capital, Germany is ranked second, followed by Sweden and South Korea in third place.

Paraguay removed visa requirements for Singaporeans, propelling Singapore’s passport to the top of Passport Index’ most powerful ranking with a visa-free score of 159, the company statement said. Historically, the top 10 most powerful passports in the world were mostly European, with Germany having the lead for the past two years. Since early 2017, the number one position was shared with Singapore, which was steadily going up, it said.

“For the first time ever an Asian country has the most powerful passport in the world. It is a testament of Singapore’s inclusive diplomatic relations and effective foreign policy,” said Philippe May, managing director of Arton Capital’s Singapore office.

India, which was listed 78th last year, has improved its ranking, figuring at 75th position with a visa-free score of 51. Coming in at last place on the list is Afghanistan, ranked 94 with a score of 22, followed by Pakistan and Iraq at 93 with a score of 26, Syria at 92, having a score of 29 and Somalia at 91 with a score 34.

“Visa-free global mobility has become an important factor in today’s world,” said founder and president of Arton Capital Armand Arton at the recently held Global Citizen Forum in Montenegro.

“More and more people every year invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in a second passport to offer better opportunity and security for their families,” Arton added.

While Singapore quietly climbed the ranks, the US passport has fallen down since President Donald Trump took office. Most recently Turkey and the Central African Republic revoked their visa-free status to US passport holders, the statement said.

Passport Index has become the most popular interactive online tool to display, sort and rank the world’s passports. The index ranks national 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.

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  1. Narasimhadevara Vijay Shastry
    Oct 26, 2017 at 3:38 pm
    Have anybody had experience of water smudging the Indian passports? The printed so called ink that the external affairs ministry uses in the Indian passports gets washed off when a drop of water falls on it. Such is the corruption in such an important document. And those third rate corruptionist’s charge 1500 on the passport holder for smudging. These SoBs, don't even call it a nation you .
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      Ram Lakhan
      Oct 26, 2017 at 12:39 am
      This data is often cleverly manufactured in the East Coast of USA and is changed when required. It is like the global university ranking the genuine top universities are nowhere and a university which has a top football team or pays money to the ranking organization is on top.
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        Geroge Cruz
        Oct 25, 2017 at 10:51 pm
        75th rank is a great achievement. During UPA rule the number was 105. Kudos to Shri Modiji.
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          Joseph Mumbai
          Oct 25, 2017 at 10:48 pm
          Idi0ts Singapore is a tiny city state of less then 5, yes five million people. Whose lives are controlled from birth to death. Even in marriage matters. If you have a decent job. India is far better. Better than Europe. I have lived in Middle East, Europe, US, UK and Canada. This is a false comparison.
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            Manas
            Oct 25, 2017 at 10:54 pm
            You Brahmin perverted BSTRD. You can't digest somebody achieving in which you failed. You are scoundrels worse than a s h I t eating pigs.
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              Baig
              Oct 25, 2017 at 11:35 pm
              Kudos Manas beautiful and ing reply.
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                Joseph Mumbai
                Oct 26, 2017 at 12:16 am
                You are crazy.
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              Kk
              Oct 25, 2017 at 10:34 pm
              We Indian are alway happy because beat Pakistan in this category as well. Thisbisbour standard of measuring ourselves, needless tobgive pakistan reference in the article.
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