Koreans Hold 3rd 'Most Powerful' Passport in the World

Under Trump U.S. Passport Value For Global Travel Is PlummetingMore

This comparatively low number has contributed to the low ranking for the Indian passport.

Koreans hold the third most welcome passport in the world, going by a handy index from an investment firm.

That's where companies like Arton Capital come in, helping high net-worth individuals enlist in citizenship by investment programs (CIPs), where investing in a country's economy can grant easy access to more powerful passports. India has been given a visa-free score of 51, below countries like Mali, Madagascar, Gabon, and Comoros, which all had a visa-free score of 52.

Published by Arton Capital, a Canadian global consultancy firm, the Global Passport Index ranks nations in real time based on their visa-free score, which is curated by their freedom of visa-free and visa-upon-arrival privileges when traveling of their home country. This move was enough to propel the Southeast Asian country to the top spot, as their residents now have easy access to 159 countries around the globe. In a statement, Philippe May, managing director of Arton Capital's Singapore office, said the ranking "is a testament of Singapore's inclusive diplomatic relations and effective foreign policy". Singapore's top ranking this year is attributed to Paraguays removal of visa requirements for Singaporeans. Coming in at last place on the list is Afghanistan, ranked 94 with a score of 22, followed by Pakistan and Iraq at 93 with a score of 26, Syria at 92, having a score of 29 and Somalia at 91 with a score 34. Bhutan is ranked at 76 with a score of 50.

Other Asian passports in the top 20 include those of South Korea, Japan and Malaysia. Georgian citizens can enter 67 countries visa-free and 38 upon arrival (total 105 countries).

Passport Index said that the United States passport's usefulness has fallen since President Donald Trump took office, with Turkey and the Central African Republic becoming the most recent countries to revoke their visa-free entry for holders. Germany fell to second with 158.

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