China has world's 136th most powerful passport, 69 spots behind Taiwan

This is the first time an Asian country has the most powerful

This is the first time an Asian country has the most powerful

A day after the Singapore passport gained an upgrade on the Passport Index to nab the top spot in the world - yet another upgrade is underway, this time in its passport design.

Inhabitants of the tiny city state of Singapore have the most powerful passports in the world, it has been revealed.

Meaning, residents of the Asian city-state can travel and cross borders more smoothly than any other passport holders.

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

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".

India has improved its ranking, which was 78 a year ago, with a visa-free score of 51.

The passports of 193 United Nations member countries and six territories were considered. The score is based on the number of countries the bearer of each passport can visit without a visa, or with one upon arrival.

With 154 score and behind 18 other countries.

"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. Over the Golden Week holiday this year, more than 6 million Chinese tourists vacationed overseas, favoring countries like Thailand which grant mainland visitors visas on arrival.

Singapore citizens with existing valid passports will not need to replace their passports, while those who applied for passports and received by ICA from Oct 21 onwards will be issued those with the new design.

More and more Indians may be making overseas trips but their passport fares rather poorly when compared to their worldwide counterparts. Spain and Italy tied for third, with Ireland rounding out the top five.

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