Singapore passport ties with German as most powerful passport

Singapore is tied, for the first time, with Germany as the country with the most powerful passport in the latest Global Passport Power Rank 2017 published by Arton Capital’s Passport index released on Tuesday, according to Straits Times Online report on Wednesday.

Holders of Singapore passport can now get visa-on-arrival in Ukraine for up to 15 days, upping the republic’s score by one to 159. Singapore was second before the change.

Germany still has the edge for visa-free free travel. Germans can travel to 125 countries without a visa compared to Singapore’s 122. But Singapore beats Germany with a visa-on-arrival score of 37 to 34.

The Passport Index compares the passports of 193 United Nations member countries and six territories. Singapore was fourth this year in the Visa Restrictions Index, another ranking travel freedom which uses a different way of calculating how powerful a passport is.

Germany also tops this table published by Henley & Partners. It has visa-free access to 176 countries out of a possible 218.

In both tables, Singapore is the highest-ranked Asian country.