NZ passport one of world's most powerful

The Singapore passport came fourth in a global travel freedom

The Singapore passport came fourth in a global travel freedom

United States passports declined in power - with Arton noting that Turkey and the Central African Republic have revoked their visa-free status for U.S. passport holders since Donald Trump took power.

It appears, when it comes to global travel, not all passports are created equal.

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.

The index was developed by Canada-based global residence and citizenship advisory firm Arton Capital.

The index tabulates the number of countries that holders of passports can enter either visa-free or by gaining a visa on arrival.

Hong Kong's passport was lower down at number 16 - but still far more powerful than a mainland Chinese passport which was ranked 67 along with Sierra Leone, Ghana and Cuba.

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This is a "testament of Singapore's inclusive diplomatic relations and effective foreign policy", he added.

"For the first time ever, an Asian country has the most powerful passport in the world". The visa-free score essentially reveals how many countries would grant the passport holder visa on arrival or visa free passage to the country.

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With 154 score and behind 18 other countries. Germany often ranks at or near the top.

The "Global Passport Power Rank 2017" list compiled by global financial advisory firm Arton Capital, placed Germany on the second rank, followed by Sweden and South Korea in the third position. Turkey and the Central African Republic revoked the easy travel, and the European Union in March voted to end visa-free travel for Americans in a nonbinding resolution.

In fact, the United Kingdom passport is only joint-fourth - along with Denmark, Finland, Italy, France, Spain, Norway and Japan.

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