Singapore now has the most powerful passport in the world

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It's the first time an Asian nation has come out on top of the list, and Singapore's rise coincides with a drop in the American ranking, CNBC reports. 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.

Developed by global 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.

Developed by global residence and citizenship advisory firm Arton Capital, the Passport Index sorts and ranks the world's passports by their cross-border access. For instance, Singapore passport holders don't need visas for China, Cuba and Brazil.

Last year, the USA came close behind the United Kingdom, ranking in fourth tier, with its citizens able to travel visa-free to 156 countries.

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The US passport has fallen in favor since Trump became president office, the Passport Index said, noting that Turkey and the Central African Republic were the most recent countries to revoke visa-free status to Americans.

Earlier this month, Turkey removed the visa-free status to the USA after a row with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Singapore may be a city-state but it has the most powerful passport in the world, according to the "Global Passport Power Rank 2017" by global financial advisory firm Arton Capital.

Other Asian passports in the top 20 include South Korea, Japan as well as Malaysia.

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The methodology used to determine the rankings varies.

Others are: Uganda and Zimbabwe rank higher with 61 and 62 visa-free countries respectively, while Cape Verde, Tunisia and Zambia are on 63; Tanzania (65); Gambia (66); Namibia (67); and Kenya, Malawi (68).

Germany is now placed at number two in the list.

Sweden also stayed in second position with 175 countries, and Denmark, Finland, Italy, Spain and the United States tied in third place with 174.

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Passport Index said the United States passport's usefulness has fallen since President Donald Trump took office, with Turkey and the Central African Republic becoming the most recent countries to revoke their visa-free entry for holders. At rank 94, Afghanistan's passport is at the absolute bottom.

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