Singapore passport gets new design, security upgrade

This is the first time an Asian country has the most powerful

Just a day after Singaporean passports were declared to be the most powerful in the world, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) announced that our mighty red booklets will be getting an aesthetic and security upgrade. Germany now holds the spot for the second most powerful passport at 158, closely followed by Sweden and South Korea at 157.

This is worked out by giving a point for each country that the passport's holders can visit without a visa, with a visa on arrival, or with electronic travel authorisation.

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

"This is a testament of Singapore's inclusive diplomatic relations and effective foreign policy", Phillipe May, managing director of Arton Capital's Singapore office, said in a statement.

The index shows that Singaporeans can travel to a whopping 159 countries visa-free or with visa on arrival.




The index takes into account 193 countries and six territories. This was the first time that an Asian country has topped the global ranking.

"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. But U.S. passport holders traveling to those three nations are required to have visas. The scores are based on the number of countries that would give free passage to the passport holder.

Singapore citizens with existing valid passports will not need to replace their passports, while those who applied for passports and received by ICA from Oct 21 onwards will be issued those with the new design.

The most powerful passport has been revealed.

Meanwhile, Scandinavian nations Finland and Denmark have dropped slightly compared to previous year, dropping two and one tier places respectively.

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