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U.S. passports have weakened under Trump

U.S. passports have weakened under Trump

As Singapore climbed the ranks, the United States (US) passport has "fallen down" since US President Donald Trump took office, said the passport index.

The powerful ranking is a reflection of the country's positive diplomatic relations and affords its citizens visa-free border crossing at 159 countries.

The new Singapore biometric passport design will feature new visa page designs as well as additional security features, said the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) in a statement on Thursday (Oct 26).

This left the U.S. with a score of 154 and an index ranking of sixth, the same as Malaysia, Ireland and Canada, and behind 18 other passports.

The index ranks the world's passports by the number of countries allowing holders to visit without applying for a visa.

Germany and Sweden ranked second and third, with a score of 158 and 157, respectively.

Countries like Turkey and the Central African Republic recently revoked their visa-free status to U.S. passport holders.

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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.

"Visa-free global mobility has become an important factor in today's world", said founder and president of Arton Capital Armand Arton at the recently held Global Citizen Forum in Montenegro.

Historically, the top 10 most powerful passports in the world tend to be European, with Germany in the lead for the past two years, according to a press release issued on October 25.

Other passport rankings have also raised doubts about how well the USA still stands.

In 2015, the United States tied with the United Kingdom for first place.

The Nomad Passport Index, meanwhile, ranks 199 citizenships on five factors: visa-free travel, worldwide taxation, perception, dual citizenship and personal freedom. In contrast, nations under duress-like Afghanistan, Syria, and Yemen-round out the bottom of the list.

Singapore has the most powerful passport in the world and New Zealand lags behind ranked at number seven, according to the latest index.