USA passports have weakened under Trump

People who hold a USA passport will have more global travel restrictions than ever - and it's all thanks to Trump, say finance firm Arton Capital.

The Singapore passport has been re-designed to have additional security features, announced the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) on Thursday (26 October).

The index was developed by Canada-based worldwide residence and citizenship advisory firm Arton Capital.

Singapore was also fourth this year in the Visa Restrictions Index, another ranking of travel freedom, which uses a different method of calculating how "powerful" a passport is.

This is a "testament of Singapore's inclusive diplomatic relations and effective foreign policy", he added.

This is the first time the passport of an Asian country is named the most powerful.

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

By analyzing the access national passports have to countries around the world, the Passport Index assigns a "visa-free score" - the number of countries a passport holder can visit visa-free or with visa on arrival.

When it comes to welcoming others into our country, Canada ranks 79th, requiring visas from all but 51 other nations when opening our borders.

You probably won't be too surprised to learn that it's the Singaporean passport.

The vote came after Trump refused to allow visa-free travel to members of five European Union countries: Croatia, Cyprus, Poland, Romania and Bulgaria.

Thanks to a recent decision by Paraguay to remove visa requirements for passport holders of the Asian city-state, they can now easily visit 159 countries - either without a visa or by obtaining a visa on arrival. Germany now holds the spot for the second most powerful passport at 158, closely followed by Sweden and South Korea at 157.

In fact, the United Kingdom passport is only joint-fourth - along with Denmark, Finland, Italy, France, Spain, Norway and Japan.

  • Eleanor Harrison