LAST_UPDATESun, 20 May 2018 4pm

The Malaysian Passport Now Holds 5th Position In International Ranking

KUALA LUMPUR: While other emerging nations struggle to gain credibility and ranking for country's passport, Malaysia successfully ranked itself number five in a list of the most “powerful” passports in the world.

Malaysia had a score of 153, which puts it in the fifth group slot with Ireland, Canada, and New Zealand in the 2017 Passport.

It is widely known that Malaysian passports are greatly in demand by foreigners and now its importance has been further enhanced with this year's ranking giving Malaysian travellers even more freedom as we now have visa-free access to 151 countries.

The 2017 Passport Index ranks each nation's travelling documents on how many visa-free or visa-on-arrival countries can be visited by passport holders, to come up with a global web-based ranking of the world’s most user-friendly passports.

The latest list was compiled by global advisory firm Arton Capital, CNBC reports.

The World Economic Forum had put Malaysia on the eighth spot last year and this index ranked passports according to countries that can be visited without applying for a visa.

Singapore and Malaysia are the only two nations in Asean to have user-friendly passports from this region with regard to visa-free or visa-on-arrival entries, based on the latest index.

Singapore was ranked number two, together with Sweden. Both had a score of 156. While topping the list is Germany with a score of 157.

The passports at the bottom of the index are from Iraq (92), Pakistan (93) and Afghanistan (94).

South Korea, which was at number two in the previous index, fell to sixth place (152), while Japan rose to 4th place with a visa-free score of 154.

The steps used to calculate the visa-free scores are by counting the number of countries each passport holder can visit without a visa or where they can obtain a visa on arrival, comparing the two figures, and using the United Nations Development Programme Human Development Index as a tiebreaker.

The new top 10 passport power ranking (by score ) for 2017 is as follows:

157 – Germany
156 – Singapore, Sweden
155 – Denmark, Finland, France, Spain, Switzerland, Norway, UK, USA
154 – Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Luxembourg, Portugal, Japan
153 – Malaysia, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand
152 – Greece, South Korea, Australia
151 – Czech Republic, Iceland
150 – Hungary
149 – Malta, Poland
148 – Slovenia, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia