This Tiny Island Now Has the Most Powerful Passport in the World
American passport strength has considerably dropped since Trump took office
Citizens of Singapore can enter the most countries without a visa, or can obtain a visa upon arrival, according to the latest ranking by Arton Capital. It’s the first time an Asian nation has come out on top of the list, and Singapore’s rise coincides with a drop in the American ranking, CNBC reports.
“While Singapore quietly climbed the ranks, the U.S. passport has fallen down since President Donald Trump took office,” Arton Capital said in a statement. Most recently, the U.S. and Turkey have become involved in a diplomatic dispute that has involved the suspension of visas.
The U.S. is now in the sixth tier, bested by countries such as Germany, Sweden, South Korea, Denmark and France.
Countries like Singapore will likely have strong passports in the future, too, according to Philippe May, the managing director of Arton’s Singapore office. “Small nations who are no threat to anyone as well as smart and open-minded nations, especially when there is a strong rule of law” are the most likely to improve, he told CNN.
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