South Korea is now tied with Singapore for the title of the world’s strongest passport. That’s according to a new annual ranking of the world’s passports put out by the group Passport Index.
This marks the first time two Asian nations are at the top of the list. For many decades, the most powerful passports in the world always went to European nations.
One of the major reasons why these two Asian nations were awarded the top prize this year has to do with a change in Uzbekistan’s visa policy. As of this year, passport holders in both South Korea and Singapore have been granted visa-free status by Uzbekistani authorities.
Passport Index added that Somalia has made changes in their visa procedures in recent years. This is yet another reason why South Korea was able to tie for first this year. Singapore and South Korea have visa-free scores of 162 in this year’s survey.
There was also a tie for the second most powerful passport on Passport Index’s list. Both Germany and Japan were given visa-free scores of 161.
Many significant European nations were able to clinch the bronze prize this year with scores of 160. A few of these nations include Italy, France, and Sweden.
Executives at Passport Index believe this year’s survey proves how powerful and trustworthy Asian nations are becoming in the globalized era.
Analysts at Passport Index worked with the financial firm Arton Capital when compiling this year’s list. Anyone can check the status of their home country’s passport on Passport Index’s official website.