These are the most valuable passports in the world

The Trump administration has drawn controversy for its efforts to ban travel from Middle Eastern countries like Libya, Syria, and Yemen. Now, its policies may be coming back to bite American citizens.

Finance firm Arton Capital has placed the United States behind 18 countries in its most recent rankings of passport mobility, which measures the number of countries one can visit with a given nation's passport without obtaining a visa.

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10. Latvia — 149 countries (tie)
10. Lithuania — 149 countries (tie)
10. Poland — 149 countries (tie)
10. — Slovakia (tie)
10. Slovenia — 149 countries (tie)
9. Hungary — 150 countries
8. Czechia — 152 countries (tie)
8. Iceland — 152 countries (tie)
8. Malta — 152 countries (tie)
7. Australia — 153 countries (tie)
7. Greece — 153 countries (tie)
7. New Zealand — 153 countries (tie)
6. Canada — 154 countries (tie)
6. Ireland — 154 countries (tie)
6. Malaysia — 154 countries (tie)
6. United States — 154 countries (tie)
5. Austria — 155 countries (tie)
5. Belgium — 155 countries (tie)
5. Luxembourg — 155 countries (tie)
5. Netherlands — 155 countries (tie)
5. Portugal — 155 countries (tie)
5. Switzerland — 155 countries (tie)
4. Denmark — 156 countries (tie)
4. Finland — 156 countries (tie)
4. France — 156 countries (tie)
4. Italy — 156 countries (tie)
4. Japan — 156 countries (tie)
4. Norway — 156 countries (tie)
4. Spain — 156 countries (tie)
4. United Kingdom — 156 countries (tie)
3. South Korea — 157 countries (tie)
3. Sweden — 157 countries (tie)
2. Germany — 158 countries
1. Singapore — 159 countries
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The United States is tied for sixth in this year's rankings, which marks a steep drop from 2015 when it held a number-one ranking with the United Kingdom. The decline has accelerated since Trump took office, as countries such as Turkey and the Central African Republic have ended their policies of visa-free travel from the United States.

You can see which countries have moved above the United States below. Countries are ranked according to Arton's  "Visa-Free Score," with a higher score resulting in a higher ranking.

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