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"Singapore has constantly increased its passport strength since it became independent in 1965", May told CNN. Germany now holds the spot for the second most powerful passport at 158, closely followed by Sweden and South Korea at 157.

Nothing to worry yourself about - just know that the world's most powerful passport will now be way harder to duplicate.

Canada ties for sixth most powerful passport with Malaysia, Ireland, and the United States with a VFS (visa-free score) of 154.

In comparison, Hong Kong passport-holders can enter 142 countries/territories without a visa (ranking 45th) and Taiwan passport-holders can enter 120 (ranking 67th).

Singapore has the world's most powerful passport, said 'Global Passport Power Rank 2017' by global financial advisory firm Arton Capital.

This is a "testament of Singapore's inclusive diplomatic relations and effective foreign policy", he added.

However, progress has stopped - while the number of countries has stayed the same, the USA is now humiliatingly behind other nations.

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The index ranks national passports by the cross-border access they bring, assigning a "visa-free score" based on the number of countries a passport holder can visit visa-free, or with visa on arrival.

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

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

"Most recently Turkey and the Central African Republic revoked their visa-free status to the U.S.", it said.

Singapore citizens with existing valid passports will not need to replace their passports.

For more details on the passport with the new design, visit ICA's website here.

Meanwhile, Scandinavian nations Finland and Denmark have dropped slightly compared to a year ago, dropping two and one tier places respectively.

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