Singapore passport becomes second most powerful in world in 2018 Henley Index


Taiwan's passport, which grants holders visa-free access to 134 countries, is ranked 32nd on the Henley & Partners 2018 passport index which annually ranks passports according to the travel freedom nationals of different countries enjoy. Ranking jointly fourth on the index are Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Spain which provide visa-free access to 174 countries. But still, we lag behind Germany, which has visa-free access to 177 nations.

Citizens of Germany enjoy visa-free access to 177 countries in total, up from 176 countries in 2017 while residents of Singapore have visa-free access to 176 countries.

According to its website, the Henley Passport Index itself ranks passports of the world according to the number of countries its holders can travel to visa-free. The second is Singapore (176 countries), while the third place is shared by Great Britain, Denmark, Italy, Norway, Finland, France, Sweden and Japan (175 countries).

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South Korea and the United States tied in 5, Hong Kong placed 21, China came in at number 75, and North Korea at number 95. However, the way in which the Henley & Partners system's collates data means that passports from 58 other countries appear above Taiwan's in the rankings. The annual Index analyzes the visa rules of more than 200 countries and territories of the world and ranks them by the number of countries their citizens can visit without visas. UAE, which offers visa-free travel to 133 countries, topped the GCC list ranking at 33rd spot tied with Trinidad and Tobago. Its visa-free travel now extends to 60 countries, up from last year's 51.

The least powerful passports in the world went to war-torn countries Syria (102), Iraq (103) and Afghanistan (104).

Global financial advisory firm Arton Capital named Singapore as having the single most powerful passport in the world in another ranking that was conducted in October a year ago.