Singapore passport ranks No 4 on Visa Restrictions Index

Singapore passport has been placed at No 4 global ranking of this year’s Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index – the highest ever spot achieved by the island state, The Straits Times Online reported on Thursday.

Singapore passport holders now enjoy visa-free access to 173 countries and territories, putting the republic in the same level with seven other countries, including the United Kingdom and France.

Singapore is now the highest-ranked Asian nation, breaking a tie with fifth-placed Japan (172) which has lost visa free access to one country.

Germany (176) and Sweden (175) retains their first and second rankings respectively although both lost visa-free access to one country.

The bottom three on the index are Pakistan (28), Iraq (27) and Afghanistan (24).

Henley & Partners chairman Christian Kalin noted that several major events were likely to have impacts on global mobility, including Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as the president of the United States.