Singapore passport to have new design, additional security features

Alicia Cross
October 27, 2017

When it comes to global travel, not all passports are created equal.

Singapore has the most powerful passport in the world and New Zealand lags behind ranked at number seven, according to the latest index.

Passport Index has updated its Global Passport Power Rank for 2017, showing once again that while China may be the world's second most powerful economy, its passport remains pretty weak.

The Passport Index' Global Passport Power Rank 2017 ranks India, according to its passport's total visa-free score, below countries like Mali, Madagascar, Gabon, and Comoros, which all had a visa-free score of 52.

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

"It is a testament of Singapore's inclusive diplomatic relations and effective foreign policy".

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But the least powerful passports in the world are Somalia, Syria, Pakistan and Iraq - and Afghanistan is bottom of the list, with a VFS score of just 22 and a rank of 94.

With Paraguay removing visa requirements for Singaporeans, the Singapore passport is now the "most powerful" in the world, with a visa-free score of 159.

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The UK's score is 156, while the USA scored 154 - putting it in sixth place along with Canada, Ireland and Malaysia.

"More and more people every year invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in a second passport to offer better opportunity and security for their families", he added. And if you carry a blue passport, guess what? Americans now trails 18 countries on the list, including Belgium, Japan, Sweden, and first-place Singapore. This was the first time that an Asian country has topped the global ranking. Spain and Italy tied for third, with Ireland rounding out the top five.

The report showed that Djibouti and Congo can visit 45 countries visa-free.

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