Published: Sat, October 28, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

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

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

All being said, citizens possessing an old passport need not panic or get it replaced as the old design will also be valid for travel. But which one rules them all?

Developed by worldwide residence and citizenship advisory firm Arton Capital, the Passport Index is a free online interactive tool that sorts and ranks the world's passports by their cross-border access.

India, which was listed 78th a year ago, has improved its ranking, figuring at 75th position with a visa-free score of 51.

The Singapore passport is officially the world's most powerful.

"Singapore has constantly increased its passport strength since it became independent in 1965", Philippe May, managing director of Arton Capital's Singapore office, told CNN.

Other Asian passports in the top 20 include those of South Korea, Japan and Malaysia.

This Index ranks the power of different passports around the world based on a Visa-Free Score.

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How does the Index work?

. The "Visa-free score" represents the number of countries its holder can visit visa-free or with visa on arrival.

Arton uses the U.N.'s Development Programme Human Development Index, which rates countries on their perception overseas, to break ties, Forbes reports.

So which passports offer the least mobility? 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.

For anyone who's traveled away from their native land to another country, the process of obtaining a visa can range from headache inducing to a shockingly invasive experience. Meanwhile, the United States passport's usefulness has fallen since President Donald Trump took office. China is ranked 67 with a visa-free score of 60. Germany fell to second with 158.

The Individual Passport Power Rank is updated annually by Arton Capital.

According to its 2017 list, the most desirable passports come from Sweden, followed by Belgium.

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