According to the an annual global ranking of countries based on the freedom of travel enjoyed by their citizens, Singapore moved up a spot to be ranked fifth.

SINGAPORE - Singaporeans who think that their passports can take them anywhere in the world may be on to something.

According to an annual global ranking of countries based on the freedom of travel enjoyed by their citizens, Singapore moved up a spot to be ranked fifth - tying with Switzerland and New Zealand.

The Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index 2014 showed that people holding a Singapore passport can travel to 170 countries without a visa, This is up from 167 of 219 countries last year.

Singapore moves ahead of Greece and Australia, both of whom it previously shared sixth position with in the last Index.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Henley & Partners noted that a Singaporean passport allows "easier access to key destinations" such as the United States, Canada, Australia, India and China.

For instance, Singapore is one of a handful of countries together with Japan and Brunei to be allowed visa-free access (of not more than 15 days) to China, while it is only the sixth nation to be granted the use of Australia's SmartGate automated border processing system.

At the top of the Index, jointly, were Finland, Sweden, Germany, the United States and Britain. Citizens of these countries are able to travel visa-free to 174 destinations.

For the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' guide to visa requirements, click here.

The index looks at 219 countries and territories.

Conflict-stricken Afghanistan was last on the list, with its citizens being able to travel to just 28 countries without a visa. Other countries at the bottom of the list include Iraq, Syria and Somalia.

Top 10 most highly ranked passports in the world

RankCitizenzhip/PassportScore
1Finland
Germany
Sweden
USA
United Kingdom
174
2Canada
Denmark
173
3Belgium
France
Italy
Japan
South Korea
Luxembourg
Netherlands
Portugal
Spain
172
4Austria
Ireland
Norway
171
5New Zealand
Singapore
Switzerland
170
6Greece169
7Australia168
8Malaysia
Malta
166
9Iceland165
10Czech Republic
Hungary
162

10 most poorly ranked passports in the world

RankCitizenzhip/PassportScore
85Equatorial Guinea
Yemen
43
86Angola
Bangladesh
Burundi
Djibouti
Myanmar
North Korea
42
87Congo
Iran
Kosovo
40
88Ethiopia
Lebanon
South Sudan
Sri Lanka
39
89Eritrea
Libya
Sudan
Syria
38
90Nepal37
91Palestinian Territory35
92Pakistan
Somalia
32
93Iraq31
94Afghanistan28

Source: The Henley & Partners Visa
Restriction Index 2014

This Article was originally posted on The Straits Times website.

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