Dominating the Passport Index, European countries have long since reigned as the most powerful passwords in the world. 

Germany – having recently bagged the top spot – has now been outranked by two unexpected candidates.

In fact the countries now topping the Index are not part of Europe, and it is Asia that now holds the powerful title.

The ranking of passports is determined by their Visa-Free score and is calculated by analysing how many countries the passport holder can enter without a visa on arrival or with one.

Germany has taken second spot alongside Japan with a Score of 161.

With a Visa-Free score of 162, South Korea now takes the title of the world’s most powerful passport alongside Singapore.

This surprising takeover is a result of Uzbekistan granting visa-free access to both passport holders.

Unlike other passport holders, South Koreans can enter the country without applying for permission.

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South Korea now takes the title of the world’s most powerful passport alongside Singapore.

We are currently seeing not one but two Asian countries with the most powerful passports in the world

Armand Arton

Armand Arton from the global financial advisory firm Arton Capital, who oversees the rankings, said: “We are currently seeing not one but two Asian countries with the most powerful passports in the world”.

“This is a testament to the increased global respect and trust Asian countries are commanding.”

Ranking third with a score of 160, Europe enters once more with Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Italy, France and Spain granted access visa-free.

Although the numbers are close, Arton explains that in our increasingly globalised world, these ranks are more important than ever.

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The UK ranks fourth alongside six other European countries on the passport index

A large percentage of Europeans hold dual citizenship – a smart move for passport holders with a lower ranking.

So how powerful is your passport and where does it rank?

With a score of 159, the UK ranks fourth alongside six other European countries, while Ireland follows in fifth with a score of 158.

So how can you secure a higher ranking? Aston explained: “Having multiple passports has become the new norm and people who haven’t invested in this privilege feel anxious and left out.”

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