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The Ranking Of The World’s Most Influential Passports For 2018: Germany And Singapore Tops

German passport is at the top for the 5th year in a row, with visa-free or visa-upon-arrival access to 177 countries, up from 176 last year, according to residence and citizenship advisory firm Henley & Partners.

Singapore took the second spot, its highest ranking on the index in the last ten year – Singapore passport holders can travel to 176 countries without a visa, up from 173 countries.

The index is based on how many countries various passport holders can travel to without a visa.

Third place on the list is shared among Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Passport holders from these countries enjoy visa-free travel to 175 countries.

Ranking jointly fourth on the index are Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Spain, which have visa-free access to 174 countries.

The United States and South Korea came in fifth as their passports allow visa-free travel to 173 countries.

Seven passports lost visa-free access to one other country: Azerbaijan, New Zealand, Antigua and Barbuda, Algeria, Laos, North Korea, and Syria

Here is the top 10 list of most influential passports of 2018:

RankCountryNumber of countries accessible
3Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden, United
4Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland174
5Ireland, Portugal, South Korea, United States173
7Australia, Greece, New Zealand171
8Czech Republic, Iceland170

In February 2017, Belarus introduced a 5-day visa-free visit available to citizens of 80 countries, including Germany.

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Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is the CEO and editorial director at CEOWORLD magazine, the leading global business magazine written strictly for CEOs, CFOs, top managers, company directors, investors, senior executives, business leaders, and high net worth individuals.
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