How powerful is the Philippine passport? Not much, says study

How powerful is the Philippine passport? Not much, says study

Philippe May, managing director of Arton Capital's Singapore office, said in a statement: "For the first time ever, an Asian country has the most powerful passport in the world".

Having achieved a visa-free score of 159, the Singapore passport is now the "most powerful passport in the world", guaranteeing a visa-less visit to 159 countries, making it top the list of powerful passports, which is assessed on the basis of the amount of cross-border access it brings to the holder.

According to the Passport Index, that honor now belongs exclusively to Singapore thanks to a recent decision by Paraguay to remove visa requirements for passport holders of the Asian city-state.

According to CNN, the top ranking for Singapore is thanks to a recent decision by Paraguay to remove visa requirements for passport holders of the Asian city-state.

Passport Index has become the most popular interactive online tool to display, sort and rank the world's passports.




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India, which was listed 78th past year, has improved its ranking, figuring at 75th position with a visa-free score of 51. The "Visa-free score" represents the number of countries its holder can visit visa-free or with visa on arrival. The index also takes into account the United Nations Human Development Index into account.

For anyone who's traveled away from their native land to another country, the process of obtaining a visa can range from headache inducing to a shockingly invasive experience.

The Singapore passport is getting a makeover, announced the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) of Singapore on Thursday, October 26. Although in the "individual classification", the Belarussian passport is listed as coming in at 109th place, and Oman 111th place. Germany was close behind with a score of 158. China is ranked 67 with a visa-free score of 60.

The Individual Passport Power Rank is updated annually by Arton Capital. Spain and Italy tied for third, with Ireland rounding out the top five.

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