Singapore now offers the world's most powerful passport

The 2017 Global Passport Power Rank, produced by advisory firm Arton Capital, ranks all of the passports of the world by their "total visa-free score".

Since Trump became president in January, Turkey and the Central African Republic revoked the expedited process.

It appears, when it comes to global travel, not all passports are created equal. And while that's a great ranking, it's actually down one spot from a year ago when it was ranked in the top five.

"It is a testament of Singapore's inclusive diplomatic relations and effective foreign policy", said managing director of Arton Capital's Singapore office Philippe May, of the development.

Other Asian passports in the top 20 include those of South Korea, Japan, and Malaysia.

Among countries of the world, Nigeria has one of the poorest passports and can only visit 44 countries either without visa as they can have such issued to the traveller upon arrival.

Some of the country's with the most powerful passports in the world.

Passports of 193 United Nations member countries and six territories were considered in the index.

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Another important takeaway from the updated index is that the USA passport has also dropped in ranking since President Donald Trump took office last fall.

Afghanistan came bottom of the list with visa-free access to just 22 countries.

Developed by worldwide residence and citizenship advisory firm Arton Capital, the Passport Index is a free online interactive tool that sorts and ranks the world's passports by their cross-border access.

So which is the world's most powerful passport?

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

Singapore was also fourth this year in the Visa Restrictions Index, another ranking of travel freedom, which uses a different method of calculating how "powerful" a passport is.

"More recently, Turkey and the Central African Republic revoked their visa-free status to United States passport holders", it added. Spain and Italy tied for third, with Ireland rounding out the top five.

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