The most powerful passport in the world revealed

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THE LITTLE Red Dot has huge passport power, with a new index crowning Singapore's passport the best to own of any country's.

But there has been a huge shift as three Asian countries have shot up into the top four tiers, with South Korea ranking in joint third place with Sweden.

Canada ties for sixth most powerful passport with Malaysia, Ireland, and the United States with a VFS (visa-free score) of 154.

Singapore climbed to the top spot after Paraguay removed visa requirements for those carrying Singapore's passport, which means holders can easily enter 159 countries. "It is a testament of Singapore's inclusive diplomatic relations and effective foreign policy", PTI quoted Philippe May, managing director of Arton Capital's Singapore office.

With a visa-free score of 60, the Chinese passport is as powerful as passports from Sierra Leone, Ghana and Cuba, ranking 136th out of 199 countries and territories.

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The worst country on the report is Afghanistan which citizens can only visit 22 countries visa-free. It ranked below countries like Saudi Arabia with a score of 69, Zimbabwe with 62, Uganda with 61, Rwanda 54, even Togo that is one of the smallest countries in the world with 53.

"Visa-free global mobility has become an important factor in today's world", said founder and president of Arton Capital Armand Arton. Over the Golden Week holiday this year, more than 6 million Chinese tourists vacationed overseas, favoring countries like Thailand which grant mainland visitors visas on arrival.

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.

Singapore is also the only Asian passport on the index. Denmark, Finland, Italy, France, Spain, Norway, Japan, United Kingdom (156)5.