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Germany has world’s most powerful passport; U.S. No5

Staff Writer |
The Henley Passport Index, an annual ranking of passport power by the citizenship planning firm, came out for 2018.

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Germany is at the top for the fifth year in a row, with visa-free or visa-upon-arrival access to 177 countries, up from 176 last year.

A separate ranking called Passport Index is published by the global financial advisory company Arton Capital, and is updated in real time. Last October, Passport Index briefly put Singapore at the top of the world’s power passports.

According to its count, updated after Paraguay relaxed its visa requirements for Singapore, its citizens could access 159 countries with no application, meaning no visa would be required or a visa could be obtained upon arrival.

Since last year, most countries have retained the same levels of access or gained some. Seven passports, though, lost visa-free access to one other country: Azerbaijan, New Zealand, Antigua and Barbuda, Algeria, Laos, North Korea, and Syria, according to Henley.

The Georgian passport gained the most access of any country, with new visa-free access to 32 countries, including those of the Schengen zone.

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