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The Passport Index Global Passport Power Rank calculates the number of countries that holders of passports can enter either visa-free or by gaining a visa on arrival.

Turkey and the Central African Republic revoked their visa-free status to U.S. passport holders, recently. 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.

The top ranks had historically been held by European countries, with Germany leading the pack for the last two years.

Countries like Singapore will likely have strong passports in the future, too, according to Philippe May, the managing director of Arton's Singapore office. What this means is that now if you have a Singapore passport, you can travel easily to 159 countries around the globe.

A general view of a Singapore passport.

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

The US passport has fallen in favor since Trump became president office, the Passport Index said, noting that Turkey and the Central African Republic were the most recent countries to revoke visa-free status to Americans.

"While Singapore quietly climbed the ranks, the USA passport has fallen down since President Donald Trump took office", Arton Capital said in a statement.

Last year, the USA came close behind the United Kingdom, ranking in the fourth spot, with its citizens able to travel visa-free to 156 countries.

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

In 2015, the USA held the list's top spot, tied only with the United Kingdom.

It is now ranked second, with a visa-free score of 158.

In 2015, the United States tied for first place with the United Kingdom; previous year, it slipped to fourth place. At rank 94, Afghanistan's passport is at the absolute bottom.

If you're looking for ease of travel, you can't do better than a Singaporean passport. Spain and Italy tied for third, with Ireland rounding out the top five.

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