Singapore passport gets new security features

Singapore passport 'most powerful' in the world: Passport Index

A day after the Singapore passport gained an upgrade on the Passport Index to nab the top spot in the world - yet another upgrade is underway, this time in its passport design.

The "Global Passport Power Rank 2017" list compiled by global financial advisory firm Arton Capital, placed Germany on the second rank, followed by Sweden and South Korea in the third position.

This is worked out by giving a point for each country that the passport's holders can visit without a visa, with a visa on arrival, or with electronic travel authorisation.

Developed by global residence and citizenship advisory firm Arton Capital, the Passport Index is a free online interactive tool that sorts and ranks the world's passports by their cross-border access. 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.

For more details on the passport with the new design, visit ICA's website here.

With 154 score and behind 18 other countries.

Last year, the U.S. came close behind the United Kingdom, ranking in fourth tier, with its citizens able to travel visa-free to 156 countries.

Others are: Uganda and Zimbabwe rank higher with 61 and 62 visa-free countries respectively, while Cape Verde, Tunisia and Zambia are on 63; Tanzania (65); Gambia (66); Namibia (67); and Kenya, Malawi (68).

The index says that Singapore passport holders enjoy visa-free access to 173 countries.

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

The vote came after Trump refused to allow visa-free travel to members of five European Union countries: Croatia, Cyprus, Poland, Romania and Bulgaria.

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