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Singapore has the world’s second strongest passport



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Good news for Singaporean business travellers –  the Singaporean passport has just been ranked as the second strongest in the world.

According to Arton Capital’s 2017 Passport Index, Germany took the lead with a visa-free score of 157, allowing holders of the German passport to travel to 157 countries without a visa, or obtain a visa on arrival. While the Lion City overtook South Korea to be ranked second, becoming the highest ranked Asian passport with a Visa-Free Score (VFS) of 156, tied with Sweden.

Following Singapore and Sweden, with a VFS of 155 was Denmark, Finland, France, Spain, Switzerland, Norway, UK, and USA. While the Hong Kong passport was ranked in 18 place with a VFS of 139.

On the other end of the spectrum, Afghanistan came in last in the index with a VFS of 23, followed by Pakistan (VFS of 26), and Iraq (VFS of 28).

Here are the top 10 by Visa-Free Score:

1. 157 – Germany
2. 156 – Singapore, Sweden
3. 155 – Denmark, Finland, France, Spain, Switzerland, Norway, UK, USA
4. 154 – Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Luxembourg, Portugal, Japan
5. 153 – Malaysia, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand
6. 152 – Greece, South Korea, Australia
7. 151 – Czech Republic, Iceland
8. 150 – Hungary
9. 149 – Malta, Poland
10. 148 – Slovenia, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia

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