Singapore, Germany, Italy, and Spain rank top

Singapore has overtaken Japan to boast of the world’s most powerful passport, the Henley Passport Index showed.

The UK jumped up two places to come in fourth, having turned the corner after a six-year decline.

“The general trend over the history of the 18-year-old ranking has been towards greater travel freedom,” Henley and Partners said in a press release statement.


Singapore vs. U.S.

The story is a simple one — by more or less standing still, the U.S. has fallen behind.

Greg Lindsay

urban tech fellow at Cornell Tech

Singapore’s passport allows holders visa-free entry to 192 destinations out of 227 in the world, according to the Henley Passport Index showed.

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“America’s relentless slide down the rankings — and the unlikelihood of reclaiming the highest position any time soon — is a warning to its neighbor Canada and the rest of the Anglosphere as well,” Lindsay said in a separate statement released alongside the index.

The slide will contribute to a “decline in U.S. soft power” should businesses face challenges inviting partners to meetings and tourists having to encounter application delays, said Center for Strategic and International Studies senior non-resident associate Annie Pforzheimer.

More than just a travel document, Henley and Partners said a strong passport provides significant financial freedoms when it comes to international investments and business opportunities.

“Global connectivity and access have become indispensable features of wealth creation and preservation, and its value will only grow as geopolitical volatility and regional instability increase,” the report said.


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