Singapore is now ranked fourth in the world for travel freedom, climbing up a spot from last year. This is its highest ranking in a decade, Todayonline reported on March 16, 2017.
The Singapore passport allows citizens to have visa-free access to 173 countries out of 218 countries, according to the 2017 Visa Restrictions Index. This means that the strength of the passport is on par with those from the United Kingdom, Austria, France and Norway.
Regionally, Singapore is in the top spot again. It is followed closely by Malaysia in the second, and Brunei Darussalam in the third. Malaysian passport has visa-free access to 164 countries, whereas Brunei’s has visa-free access to 151 countries.
Meanwhile, Germany maintains its top spot on the index for the fourth year running, with access to 176 countries in total. Sweden also remained in second place with visa-free access to 175 countries.
The index was produced by residence and citizenship planning consultancy Henley and Partners, in collaboration with the International Air Transport Association. It ranked a total of 104 countries.