World’s most powerful passports: Singapore shares top spot with 5 other countries

France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore and Spain – have visa-free entry to 194 out of 227 travel destinations.

Aqil Hamzah

Aqil Hamzah

The Straits Times

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Singapore retained its title as having the world’s most powerful passport, although five other countries have caught up. PHOTO: THE STRAITS TIMES

January 12, 2024

SINGAPORE – The Republic no longer holds sole claim to having the world’s most powerful passport, sharing the distinction in 2024 with five other nations, according to the latest ranking published by the Henley Passport Index on Jan 10.

The six countries – France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore and Spain – have visa-free entry to 194 out of 227 travel destinations.

In 2023, Singapore took the top spot with visa-free access to 192 destinations. Germany, Italy and Spain were second, with 190.

France and Japan were third with 189 destinations. They shared the position with Austria, Finland, Luxembourg, South Korea and Sweden.

Meanwhile, regional neighbours Malaysia and Indonesia saw increases in the number of destinations their citizens can visit visa-free, compared with 2023.

Malaysia added another destination to its tally, bringing it to 182. It remained in 12th position, sharing the spot with Cyprus and Liechtenstein.

Indonesians can now visit 78 destinations without a prior visa, up from 76 in 2023.

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