Friday, April 25, 2014

Which passports are most accepted around the world? See how S'pore ranks

This article is contributed by the Stomp Team.

Offering visa-free access to 167 out of 219 countries, Singapore ranks at number 6 internationally, alongside Australia and Greece.

This wide access means that Singaporeans had better take care of their passports, because it's one of the best passports for global travel.

Not too far off, at 172 countries, Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom have the most welcome passports in the world.

A recent study carried out by consultancy firm Henley & Partners with the International Air Transport Association found that Singapore passports are in high demand.

According to Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs Masagos Zulkifli, in recent years, over 7,000 Singaporean passports have been reported lost or stolen annually.

He added that about 350 travellers have been caught carrying forged or tampered passports at Singapore checkpoints in each of the five last years.

Singaporeans are able to travel freely to Canada, China, the European Union and the United States, but are required to obtain a visa to travel to places such as Afghanistan, Bhutan, Iraq, Myanmar, Kazakhstan and Yemen.
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