Singapore lands in second place behind Germany in 2018's Henley Passport Index

German Passport Ranked the Most Powerful in the World in 2018

German Passport Ranked the Most Powerful in the World in 2018

With its citizens enjoying visa-free access to 176 countries in total, the Lion City, as it is affectionately known, is the highest ranking Asian country on the index. However, it is far surpassed by the Seychelles, which, with visa-free access to as many as 141 countries, is the highest-ranking country in Africa - and 27th overall.

Germany tops the list for the fifth consecutive year.

Taiwan ranked 32nd in the list of 199 countries and territories featured, a drop of one place from previous year.

The Hong Kong SAR passport has moved up a place to 21st in the latest global index on visa-free entry requirements.

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.

In Arton Capital's Passport Index in April previous year, Malaysia ranked fourth as the most powerful passport in the world with a visa-free score of 156.

According to its website, the Henley Passport Index is formulated based on data from the International Air Transport Association, which maintains the world's largest database of travel information.

Henley & Partners, which has 25 offices worldwide, specialises in residence and citizenship planning, and updates the passport index throughout the year.

Coming in joint-third are Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom, whose passports allow visa-free travel to 175 countries. Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Spain - 174 5.

"Global mobility is on the brink of massive change and some of the emerging trends we are seeing as a result include travel bans, visa restrictions, Brexit and growing support for nationalization", said Barnes.

China ranked 75th, rising from the 85th in the previous year. For the fifth year in a row, the German passport has maintained its position as the most powerful and mobile passport in the world.

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