Passport Index Launches 2017 Update

Germany takes the lead. Singapore takes second place.

Montreal, January 12, 2017 – Passport Index, the real-time global ranking of the world’s passports has announced a new update to its celebrated web service.

Germany takes the lead with a visa-free score of 157. Singapore overtakes South Korea for second place with a visa-free score of 156, becoming the highest-ranked Asian passport. South Korea fell to sixth place (152) while Japan rose to fourth place, tied with European countries such as Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, and others whose visa-free score is 154. Visa-free score represents the number of countries a passport holder can visit visa-free or with visa-on-arrival.

In addition to the popular mosaic of passports, Marshall Islands is on top of the winners’ list by adding 35 countries to its visa-free score. Palau, Micronesia follows with 34 additional countries while Solomon Islands and Tuvalu added 33. Peru is the biggest winner in South America with an additional 31 countries.