It’s not every day that you sit idly and think about the power of a passport, unless of course, if you have the money to travel across the globe and you belong to a country where you have to make a million rounds at the embassy for a visa because sorry…you probably belong to a non-first world country and #wanderlust, #globetrotter are tags you actually worked hard for!
Talking about the power of a passport, if one has to think about it, chances are that your thoughts will hover around an American passport being the most powerful, am I right or am I right? Well, it’s far from the truth. Of course, having a US passport is an asset but there’s more here to understand. According to an annual survey done by Arton Capital, a global financial advisory firm, Singapore tops the list in the ‘Global Passport Power Rank 2017’.
Recently, Paraguay removed the visa requirements for Singapore passport holders and with a visa free score of 159, this Asian country catapulted to the top spot in terms of ranking. “For the first time ever an Asian country has the most powerful passport in the world. It is a testament of Singapore’s inclusive diplomatic relations and effective foreign policy,” said Philippe May, the director of Arton Capital, Singapore. Going by the history of ranks, it’s always been a European nation at the top. India has climbed a few spots and is now at rank 75.
At the bottom of the list lie Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria and Somalia. US has fallen down the charts post the Trump era since Turkey and Central Africa revoked visa status for US passport holders. Passport index is a tool that determines the visa-free status for a country and automatically calculates the rank of passports. Talking about Singapore, the gorgeous country is indeed a major successful nation.
Besides being a busy bay that attracts a lot of tourists every year, the city is a great choice for millennials to work here. Germany is at number 2 followed by Sweden at number 3. Unless we reach the top 10, let’s just continue applying for a visa and doing paperwork that equals to a tower in Singapore!
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Source of news : Mensxp