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Your US passport isn't as powerful as you think it is

Your US passport isn't as powerful as you think it is

"Singapore has constantly increased its passport strength since it became independent in 1965", May told CNN.

The British passport holds some clout, but if you thought it was the most powerful in the world then you are sorely mistaken.

The U.S. was ranked in a sixth tier of passport strength, along with Malaysia, Ireland and Canada. The ranking is based on an analysis of the access various passports have to countries around the world, with a passport's " visa-free score" representing the number of countries its holder can visit visa-free or with visa on arrival.

A US passport has lost some of its global muscle in the months since Donald Trump took office, according to the index, and analysis, from global advisory firm Arton Capital.

This is a "testament of Singapore's inclusive diplomatic relations and effective foreign policy", he added. In the Nomad Passport Index, which measures visa-free travel as well as taxes on worldwide visitors, possibilities for dual citizenship, individual rights, and global perception, the United States tied for 35th place.

Passports of 193 United Nations member countries and six territories were considered in the index. "More and more people every year invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in a second passport to offer better opportunity and security for their families".




In Henley & Partners' 2017 report, Germany topped the list of global visa-free access, followed by Denmark, Finland, Italy and Spain.

Brits can travel to 156 countries visa-free.

But existing passports are still valid for travel, and there's no need to replace them now unless they're expiring soon.

More and more Indians may be making overseas trips but their passport fares rather poorly when compared to their worldwide counterparts.

In fact, the United Kingdom passport is only joint-fourth - along with Denmark, Finland, Italy, France, Spain, Norway and Japan.

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