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- South Korea is now tied with Singapore for the title of most powerful passport, according to a global ranking.
- Singapore became the first Asian country to top the list back in October.
- South Korea moved up the list when Uzbekistan granted visa-free access to both South Korea and Singapore.
The super-rich, or those who simply love to travel, have made a trend out of collecting passports – but the new most sought-after one might surprise you.
The 2018 Global Passport Power Rank, produced by advisory firm Arton Capital, claims that South Korea is now tied with Singapore for the post of most powerful passport in the world, putting the country on the map for more than just the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
The list ranks all of the passports of the world by their “total visa-free score,” where a point is given for each country that holders can visit without a visa, with a visa on arrival, or using electronic travel authorisation.
Both Singapore and South Korea have a score of 162, meaning holders of these passports can now easily visit 162 countries, either visa-free or by gaining a visa on arrival.
Singapore became the first Asian country to hold the top spot back in October. According to the Evening Standard, South Korea moved up the list thanks to Uzbekistan granting visa-free access to both South Korea and Singapore.
The two counties are now followed closely by Germany and Japan, who both have a score of 161. The UK comes in tied fourth place with a score of 159, while the US comes in tied fifth, with 158.
Meanwhile, a separate list – the Henley Passport Index, which is based on data from the International Air Transport Association – suggests it’s Japan that’s tied with Singapore for first place, with South Korea coming in tied for third.