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This is the first time an Asian country has the most powerful

On the other hand, and for the first time, an Asian country has emerged with the most powerful passport with Singapore citizens permitted visa-free travel to 159 countries.

People who hold a United States passport will have more global travel restrictions than ever - and it's all thanks to Trump, say finance firm Arton Capital.

Passport Index, which keeps track of how useable such documents are, said the city-state grabbed the top spot after Paraguay removed restrictions for Singaporeans.

A USA passport has lost some of its global muscle in the months since Donald Trump took office, according to the index, and analysis, from global advisory firm Arton Capital.

Among countries of the world, Nigeria has one of the poorest passports and can only visit 44 countries either without visa as they can have such issued to the traveller upon arrival.

Other passport rankings have also raised doubts about how well the US still stands.

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

On the other hand, the United States passport has fallen in the ranking since President Donald Trump took office, according to the index.

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The ranking is based on an analysis of the access various passports have to countries around the world, with a passport's " visa-free score" representing the number of countries its holder can visit visa-free or with visa on arrival.

Our northern neighbour China came in at rank 67 with a visa-free score of 60. Singapore snagged the top spot.

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

Since Trump became president in January, Turkey and the Central African Republic revoked the expedited process.

Germany is now placed at number two in the list.

"More recently, Turkey and the Central African Republic revoked their visa-free status to USA passport holders", it added.

The U.S.is now in the sixth tier, bested by countries such as Germany, Sweden, South Korea, Denmark and France. Spain and Italy tied for third, with Ireland rounding out the top five.

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