An Unexpected Country Has The World’s New Most Powerful Passport

The Global Passport Index offers a definitive ranking of the world’s most powerful passports. While Australia is still sitting pretty in seventh place alongside Malta and Czechia, a recent re-shuffle has seen an unexpected country move into the number one spot: South Korea.

The Passport Index ranks countries according to the number of countries citizens can enter wither without a visa or by obtaining one on arrival. South Korea has jumped from third to first place, sharing the coveted top spot with Singapore.

“We are currently seeing not one, but two Asian countries with the most powerful passports in the world,” Armand Arton, founder and president of Arton Capital, the company behind the index, said in a statement. “This is a testament to the increased global respect and trust Asian countries are commanding,” he said.

South Korea moved up the list after Uzbekistan granted visa-free access to both South Korea and Singapore earlier in the month.

Scroll down to see which countries are currently sitting in the Passport Index’s top 10:

#1 Singapore, South Korea
#2 Germany, Japan
#3 Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Italy, France, Spain
#4 Luxembourg, Norway, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Portugal, UK
#5 Switzerland, Ireland, USA, Canada
#6 Greece, Malaysia
#7 Malta, Czechia, Australia
#8 New Zealand
#9 Hungary, Iceland
#10 Slovenia, Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Latvia

(Lead image: Francesca Tirico)

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