Singapore ranked world’s most powerful passports

The Henley Passport Index revealed on July 2 that the world’s most powerful passports goes to Japan and Singapore with a visa-free or visa-on-arrival score of 189.

The highest spot among other Nordic countries goes to Finland who sits in 2nd place along with South Korea and Germany with an access to 187 destinations around the world without a prior visa.

Denmark comes in 3rd spot in joint with Italy and Luxembourg with visa-free access to 186 destinations while Sweden secures 4th place at 185 destinations together with France and Spain.

Norway is ranked 6th place with 183 destinations followed by Iceland in 9th with an access to 180 destinations.

For Southeast Asia countries: Malaysia in 13th with score of 176, the second highest spot among others SEA. Meanwhile, Brunei, Thailand, China, Indonesia and Philippines are ranked 22, 70, 74, 75 and 80 respectively.

Described itself as “the most rigorous and sophisticated measure of global access”, the Henley Passport Index ranks the world’s passports according to the number of destinations in which a country’s citizen can access without a prior visa.

This ranking is the only passport index using the data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), enhanced by extensive in-house research, supported by expert commentary, and updated regularly throughout the year, making it the most robust, credible, and reliable index of its kind.

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