Oct 11, 2013

    Singapore passport is sixth best for travel

    SINGAPORE passports have been ranked the sixth best in the world for travellers, as it enables Singaporeans to travel to a total of 167 countries without a visa.

    Malaysia and Singapore were the only two South-east Asian countries to make the top 10 in a 2013 index compiled by Henley & Partners, a global consulting firm in international residence and citizenship planning.

    In Henley & Partners' Visa Restrictions Index Global Ranking for July this year, Malaysia passports were ranked ninth with a score of 163, which means it enables visa-free entry to 163 countries.

    Singapore has risen by two places since last year's index, in which the country was ranked eighth with a score of 161.

    "This global ranking reflects the international freedom of travel for the passport holders of various nations, as well as the international relations and status of individual countries relative to others," said Henley & Partners in a press release.

    This year's index shows that the best countries to have a passport from are Britain, Finland and Sweden, all tied at No. 1 with visa-free entry to 173 countries.

    The second rank is jointly held by Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg and the United States, scoring 172.

    Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands hold joint-third ranking at 171.

    According to the index, there are 219 destination countries in total.