Singapore no longer world’s most powerful passport
We love Singapore for a lot of reasons, one of which is visa-free travel to other nations. However, our passport has dropped from the first to second place in the 2018 Passport Index, replaced by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) passport. The Passport Index, created by Global advisory firm Arton Capital, lists the passports of nations in descending order based on how much cross-border access authority they hold. The firm ranks countries by giving them a “visa-free score”, after looking at how many countries a passport gives access to even if they lack a visa (or a visa upon arrival). This year, the UAE scored 167. People with the UAE passport can fly to 113 countries without a visa, and 54 after visa upon arrival. Our island nation scored 166, allowing holders to go to 127 countries without a visa, and 39 for visa upon arrival. Germany tied with Singapore at 166, but was pushed to third place since German passports only let passport holders go to 126 countries without a visa. Another Index, the Henley Passport Index, also put Singapore in second place after it released its analysis on October this year. Based on the Henley Passport Index, the Singapore passport was beaten by the Japanese passport, previously in 13th place based on this Index.