Malaysia passport climbs to rank 4 globally for travel freedom

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The Malaysian passport is now the fourth most powerful in the world, according to a new ranking by Global Passport Power Rank 2017. This means that Malaysian travelers enjoy visa-free access to or can obtain visa-on-arrival from 156 countries.

Malaysia improved its position by two visa-free changes from 2016 to tie in fourth position globally with Japan, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria and Portugal. In January, Malaysia was ranked fifth with free access to 154 countries.

The top spot spot for the most powerful passport in the world was a tie between Singapore and Germany, according to the ranking. This is the first time Singapore has topped the rankings with an overall access to 159 countries. Singapore was previously ranked second. 

In second place is Sweden with free access to 158 nations. South Korea, the United States, Britain, Denmark, Finland, Italy, France, Spain and Norway were tied in third place with score of 157.

In the ASEAN region, Malaysia and Singapore’s positions of fourth and first, respectively, are far higher than its neighbours Brunei (136 countries), Thailand (72), Indonesia (59) and the Philippines (61). Vietnam and Cambodia passports entitle to visa-free or via-on-arrival access to 49 countries each.

The least powerful passports in the world are issued by the governments of Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan. 

 

 
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The Malaysian passport is now the fourth most powerful in the world, according to a new ranking by Global Passport Power Rank 2017. This means that Malaysian travelers enjoy visa-free access to or can obtain visa-on-arrival from 156 countries. Malaysia improved its position by two visa-free changes from 2016 to tie in fourth position globally with Japan, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria and Portugal. In January, Malaysia was ranked fifth with free access to 154 countries. The top spot spot for the most powerful passport in the world was a tie between Singapore and Germany, according to the ranking. This...

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The Malaysian passport is now the fourth most powerful in the world, according to a new ranking by Global Passport Power Rank 2017. This means that Malaysian travelers enjoy visa-free access to or can obtain visa-on-arrival from 156 countries.

Malaysia improved its position by two visa-free changes from 2016 to tie in fourth position globally with Japan, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria and Portugal. In January, Malaysia was ranked fifth with free access to 154 countries.

The top spot spot for the most powerful passport in the world was a tie between Singapore and Germany, according to the ranking. This is the first time Singapore has topped the rankings with an overall access to 159 countries. Singapore was previously ranked second. 

In second place is Sweden with free access to 158 nations. South Korea, the United States, Britain, Denmark, Finland, Italy, France, Spain and Norway were tied in third place with score of 157.

In the ASEAN region, Malaysia and Singapore’s positions of fourth and first, respectively, are far higher than its neighbours Brunei (136 countries), Thailand (72), Indonesia (59) and the Philippines (61). Vietnam and Cambodia passports entitle to visa-free or via-on-arrival access to 49 countries each.

The least powerful passports in the world are issued by the governments of Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan. 

 

 
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