Powerful Passports of the World-2017
Did you know that your Passport has Power?The possession of A Passport in one’s life cannot be stressed more enough and this has been explained in my earlier post.However the mere possession of a Passport does not guarantee you smooth and hassle free travel.The Power of your Passport determines the number of Countries you can enter with or without a Visa and also grant you a Visa on Arrival.With a Powerful Passport that allows you access to as many countries of the World,you can plan travel at the drop of a hat saving Time,Money and Many Days for the for the application of a Visa.On the other hand for Countries with restrictive Passports allowed visa free access or visa on arrival only into limited countries,Travel may seem like a nightmare.
Before I joined the Travel Industry I never knew what a Passport is to begin with leave alone its importance and “Power”.In the beginning I learnt to execute point to point tickets which involved a Visa on Arrival or a Visa being arranged by a Sponsor in the destination Country.Slowly I moved to learning multicity International itineraries for Travellers involving one or more visas. Travel being decided at the eleventh hour and a rush to obtain not one but many Visas on time(each one have their own process and time of completion).Why is it that all Passports are measured differently and this lead me to ponder as to why cannot we have a Passport with easy access to as many Countries.
In the years that followed I slowly learnt many more aspects of Travel. Travellers from the length and breadth of the Globe visited India and have been continuing.to do so.Handling of those Passports were a different experience altogether.Pages only boar the Arrival and the Departure stamp on the pages. Very few Visas on the pages unlike those restricted Passports which had a Visa on practically every page thus leading to the exhaustion of passport pages.At first I thought that because of being highly developed Countries of the world,the Passport holders of Countries like United Kingdom and United States of America and a few of the European nations had visa free access or a Visa on Arrival score to most of the Countries of this world.I continued to believe so till very recently I read about an article on Passport Power in the World ranked by Arton Capital.Please note that the rating is done every year and obviously the rankings also move places each year.This post contains the ranking for the year 2017.
PASSPORT INDEXING BY ARTON CAPITAL
Arton Capital is a Global Financial advisory firm very popular for residence and citizenship solutions,that annually complies an index of the Passports of the World,ranking them by their border access to other countries,power rank,and by their “Visa free score“Passportindex.org is a site owned by Arton Capital which performs this passport ranking annually by assigning them a “Visa free score“.The definition of “Visa free score” is best explained as “the number of countries the passport holder can visit either without a visa or by obtaining one on arrival”.Moreover this site explores Passports by Country,Region,Color and Location.
The site ranks the Passports by its Global Power Rank,Individual Power Ranking and Welcoming Countries Rank
In 2016,the German passport was ranked the most powerful passport in the world, as its holders are able to visit 157 countries without a visa, or get a visa on arrival.The Swedish passport follows closely on the list with 156 visa-free or visa on arrival privileges, followed by Finland, France, Switzerland, Spain, South Korea and the United Kingdom with 156.
HERE ARE THE KEY FINDINGS OF THE PASSPORT INDEX FOR 2017
GLOBAL PASSPORT POWER RANKING
⊕Enter 2017,Germany still retains its “First” position as the Country with the most Powerful Passport with a visa free score of 157,closely followed again by Sweden (visa free score of 156) and Singapore (visa free score of 156) thus moving into the second position,overtaking South Korea as the leading Asian Country in 2016.
⊕In 2017,Denmark, Finland, France, Spain, Switzerland, Norway, United Kingdom(UK), and United States of America(USA) are placed third with a Visa free score of 155
⊕ Among the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries United Arab Emirates leads the pack with a Visa free score of 122,second and third are Kuwait and Qatar with a visa free score of 81 and 77 have a Passport Power of 49 and 50 respectively.
⊕ Middle East and North Africa or MENA countries continue to be the least desirable passports.Syria (visa free score of 29 and Iraq (visa free score of 28) have a passport power rank of 91 and 92 respectively.Pakistan and Afghanistan is at the end of table with a visa free score of 24 and 23 and a Passport Power rank of 93 and 94 respectively
⊕ Among the South Asian Countries,Singapore with a visa free score of 156 is at the top,followed by Japan (visa free score of 154) and Malaysia (visa free score of 153) are ranked 4th and 5th respectively
⊕ India has a visa free score of 46 and has a Global Passport Power rank of 167.
INDIVIDUAL PASSPORT POWER RANKING
℘ A total of 199 Countries have been ranked individually
℘ No guesses here, Germany leads the pack in the Individual Passport Ranking too
℘ Singapore follows with the 2nd position with Sweden,Denmark and Finland at the 3rd,4th and 5th spots respectively
℘ India’s ranks 167th in the Individual Passport Power ranking. The last four places (196th.197th,198th and 199th) in this total of 199 Countries are Syria,Iraq,Pakistan and Afghanistan
Passportindex.org have also compiled an index of Welcoming Countries Rank, which discloses Country rankings in terms of granting visa-free or visa on arrival privileges to other countries.
ℜCambodia,Comoros, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, Mauritania, Micronesia, Mozambique, Samoa, Seychelles, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tuvalu and Uganda topped this list together, as each of these Country grants visa-free access or visa on arrival to travellers from about 198 other countries.
ℜCape Verde and Dominica follow at the second (2nd) spot with a score of 197
ℜPalau is third (3rd)with a score of 196.Djibouti and Maldives at fourth (4th) with a score of 195
ℜThe Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal is at the eighth (8th) position with a score of 187. The Island nation of Sri Lanka is placed at the eleventh place (11th) with a score of 180
ℜIndia’s neighbour Bangladesh is placed at the fourteenth (14th) place with a welcoming score of 174.India is placed at the twenty third place (23rd) in the welcoming Countries List
CHANGES TO 2016 RANKINGS
ϒ Marshall Islands is the topper in this category by adding 35 countries to its visa-free score.
ϒ Palau, Micronesia, follow second with 34 additional countries,
ϒ Solomon Islands and Tuvalu added 33 and are placed third
ϒ Peru in South America added 31 new countries and Kiribati followed with 30 additional countries
TOP TEN GLOBAL PASSPORT POWER RANKING COUNTRIES-2017
1.Germany with 157
2.Singapore, Sweden with 156
3.Denmark, Finland, France, Spain, Switzerland, Norway, UK, USA with 155
4.Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Luxembourg, Portugal, Japan with 154
5.Malaysia, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand with 153
6.Greece, South Korea, Australia with 152
7. Czech Republic, Iceland with 151
8.Hungary with 150
9. Malta, Poland with 149
10.Slovenia, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia with 148
TOP TEN INDIVIDUAL PASSPORT POWER RANKING-2017
Θ Germany //Θ Singapore //Θ Sweden //Θ Denmark //Θ Finland //Θ France //Θ Spain //Θ Switzerland // Θ Norway //Θ United Kingdom
[Credits : Passportindex.org]