Your US passport isn't as powerful as you think it is

In the Nomad Passport Index, which measures visa-free travel as well as taxes on worldwide visitors, possibilities for dual citizenship, individual rights, and global perception, the United States tied for 35th place. But which one rules them all?

Earlier this month, Turkey removed the visa-free status to the U.S. after a row with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

It's official, Singapore now has the most powerful passport in the world.

Singapore was followed by Germany as the report says citizens from the country can visit 158 countries without a visa.

Passport Index Passport Index ranks the passports of the 193 member countries of the United Nations as well as six internationally-recognized territories.

'It is a testament of Singapore's inclusive diplomatic relations and effective foreign policy'.

But there has been a huge shift as three Asian countries have shot up into the top four tiers, with South Korea ranking in joint third place with Sweden.

The U.S. passport's ranking has declined since Donald Trump became president, according to the Passport Index.

How does the Index work?

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The Passport Index is a free online interactive tool that sorts and ranks the world's passports by their cross-border access, assigning a "visa-free score" according to the number of countries a passport holder can visit visa-free or with visa on arrival.

Afghanistan is at the bottom of the index with a score of 22.

"More and more people every year invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in a second passport to offer better opportunity and security for their families", he added.

So which is the world's most powerful passport?

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.

It was developed by Arton Capital, a global financial advisory specialising in investor programmes for residence and citizenship around the world.

The methodology used to determine the rankings varies. Germany often ranks at or near the top.

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

United States passports could be set to get weaker still, as the European Parliament voted to end visa-free travel for Americans back in March this year.

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