As per ‘Global Passport Power Rank 2017’, compiled by international financial advisory firm Arton Capital, passport of Singapore is now the “most powerful” passport in the world.
About Global Passport Power Rank:
The index ranks national passports on basis of Visa-Free Score (VFS).
- VFS is number of countries a passport holder can visit visa-free or with visa on arrival. Thus high VFS results in higher ranking that indicates better global mobility.
- VFS of Passports of 193 United Nations member countries and six territories have been featured in this index.
Highlights of Global Passport Power Rank 2017:
Singapore topped the index with Visa-Free score of 159. This is the first time passport of an Asian country has been adjudged as most powerful passport.
- Germany had been holding the top spot since past two years. In this year’s index it has ranked second with VFS of 158.
- Since beginning of 2017, Singapore was sharing the top spot with Germany, having VFS of 158. However, Paraguay recently removed visa requirements for Singaporeans, which raised Singapore’s passport visa-free score to 159 and earned it the distinction of the most powerful passport.
- With Visa-Free Score of 51, Indian passport ranked 75th on Global Passport Index Rank 2017.
- Ranking of US passport has fallen since President Donald Trump has assumed office. Recently, Turkey and the Central African Republic revoked their visa-free status to US passport holders.
- Afghanistan’s passport ranked at the bottom of the index with VFS of 22.
Global Passport Power Rank 2017 – Most Powerful Passports:
|Rank||Country||Visa-Free Score (VFS)|
|3||Sweden, South Korea||157|
|4||Denmark, France, Finland, Italy, Japan, Norway, Spain, United Kingdom||156|
|5||Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Portugal, Switzerland, Netherlands||155|