Powerful Passports of the World-2018
Continuing further from my first post on the Power of a Passport,I am sure you have been enlightened as much as I am to know the Power of one’s Passport.Just to reiterate this point,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.
Please note that the rating is done every year and obviously the rankings also move places each year.So continuing further from my last post which listed the rankings for the year 2017,let us have a look at the rankings for this year of 2018.
HENLEY PASSPORT INDEX FOR 2018
Henley & Partner’s have created the Henley Passport Index to rank global passports according to the access they provide to their citizens.The Henley Passport Index is based on data provided by the International Air Transport Authority (IATA) and covers One Hundred and Ninety-Nine (199) passports and Two Hundred and Twenty-Seven (227) travel destinations. It is updated in real time throughout the year, as and when visa policy changes come into effect.
GLOBAL PASSPORT POWER RANKING BY HENLEY
⊕ In 2018,Japan has jumped to the First position as the Country with the most Powerful Passport with a visa free score of 190,closely followed by Singapore with a visa free score of 189 at the Second position.Germany, France and South Korea are at the Third position with a visa free score of 188.
⊕In 2018,Denmark, Finland, Italy, Sweden and Spain with a visa free score of 187 are at the Fourth position.Norway, United Kingdom,Austria, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, United States with a visa free score of 186 are at the Fifth position in 2018
⊕ Among the South Asian Countries,Japan is First with a visa free score of 190 followed Second by Singapore with a visa free score of 189.South Korea is at the Third position with a visa free score of 188.
⊕ Among the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries United Arab Emirates is ranked at Twenty-First with a visa free score of 161,Kuwait at the Fifty-Fifth position with a visa free score of 93,Qatar is next at Sixtieth position with a visa free score of 85.Bahrain is ranked Sixty-Fourth with a visa free score of 81.Sultanate of Oman is next at Sixty-Seventh with a visa free score of 78.
⊕ India has a visa free score of 60 and is ranked Eighty-First in the Index.
⊕ There are some Countries which have a very low visa free score and are not among the desirable passports of the world.Pakistan is ranked at a One Hundred and Fourth with Iraq and Afghanistan are at One Hundred and Sixth with a visa free score of 33 and 30 respectively.Somalia and Syria with a visa free score of 30 are at the One Hundred and Fifth position.
PASSPORT INDEXING BY ARTON CAPITAL
Arton Capital is a Global Financial advisory firm very popular for residence and citizenship solutions,that annually compiles 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,Colour and Location.
The site ranks the Passports by its Global Power Rank,Individual Power Ranking and Welcoming Countries Rank.This firm takes into consideration the passports of 193 United Nations member countries and six territories–ROC Taiwan, Macao (SAR China), Hong Kong (SAR China), Kosovo, Palestinian Territory and the Vatican. Territories annexed to other countries are excluded.
GLOBAL PASSPORT POWER RANKING BY ARTON CAPITAL
⊕ Arton Capital has placed Singapore and Germany at the First position as Countries with the most Powerful Passport with a visa free score of 165.At the Second position are Denmark,Sweden,The Netherlands,Spain,Norway,South Korea and United States of America (USA) at the Second position with a visa free score of 164.At the Third position are Belgium,Austria,Japan,Greece,Portugal,Switzerland,United Kingdom,Ireland,Canada and United Arab Emirates with a visa free score of 163.
⊕ In 2018,Czech Republic and Hungary are at the Fourth position with a visa free score of 162 are at the Fourth position.Malta,Iceland,New Zealand and Australia with a visa free score of 161 are at the Fifth position.
⊕ Among the South Asian Countries,Singapore is at the First position as Countries with the most Powerful Passport with a visa free score of 165. At the Third position is South Korea with a visa free score of 164
⊕ Among the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries United Arab Emirates is ranked Third with a visa free score of 163,Kuwait at the Forty-Sixth position with a visa free score of 96,Qatar is next at Fiftieth position with a visa free score of 85.Bahrain is ranked Fifty-Third with a visa free score of 84.Sultanate of Oman is next at Sixty-Seventh with a visa free score of 78
⊕ India has a visa free score of 66 and is ranked Sixty-Ninth in the Index
⊕ Among the lowest desired passports are Somalia at Ninety-Third(visa free score of 38) and Syria at Ninety- Fourth(visa free score of 35).
Pakistan is at Ninety-Fifth position (visa free score of 35) Iraq at Ninety-Sixth (visa free score of 33)and Afghanistan ranked at Ninety-Seventh(visa free score of 30) are at the end of the Index.
INDIVIDUAL PASSPORT POWER RANKING by ARTON CAPITAL
℘ A total of One Hundred and Ninety-Nine (199) Countries have been ranked individually
℘ No guesses here, Singapore leads the pack in the Individual Passport Ranking too
℘ Germany follows with the Second position with Denmark,Sweden and Finland at the Third, Fourth and Fifth spots respectively
℘ India’s ranks One Hundred and Fortieth (140th) in the Individual Passport Power ranking. The last four places (196th,197th,198th and 199th) in this total of 199 Countries are Syria,Pakistan,Iraq and Afghanistan respectively
WELCOMING COUNTRIES by ARTON CAPITAL
Passportindex.org have also compiled an index of Welcoming Countries Rank, which discloses Country rankings in terms of granting visa-free access or visa on arrival privileges to other countries thus welcoming the Citizens of these Countries.
ℜCambodia,Comoros,CoteD’Ivoire,Djibouti,Ethiopia,Gabon,GuineaBissau,Lesotho,Madagascar,Maldives,Micronesia,Mozambique,Qatar,Rwanda,Samoa, Seychelles,Somalia, Timor-Leste, 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,Dominica,Mauritania and Togo 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 seventh (7th) position with a score of 186. The Island nation of Sri Lanka is placed at the tenth place (10th) with a score of 179
ℜIndia’s neighbour Bangladesh is placed at the thirteenth(13th) place with a welcoming score of 173.India is placed at the nineteenth place (19th) in this List
CHANGES TO 2017 RANKINGS
ϒ Georgia is the topper in this category by adding thirty-eight (38) countries to its visa-free score.
ϒ Ukraine is at the second place with thirty-four (34) additional countries to its list,
ϒ Dominican Republic and Indonesia added eleven (11) and are placed third
ϒ United Arab Emirates added nine (9) and India added eight (8) countries.
TOP TEN GLOBAL PASSPORT POWER RANKING COUNTRIES-2018
⇒1.Singapore and Germany with 165
⇒2.Denmark,Sweden,The Netherlands,Spain,Norway,South Korea and United States of America (USA) with 164
⇒3.Belgium,Austria,Japan,Greece,Portugal,Switzerland,United Kingdom(UK),Ireland,Canada and United Arab Emirates (UAE) with 163
⇒4.Czech Republic and Hungary with 162
⇒5.Malta,Iceland,Zealand and Australia with 161
⇒6.Malaysia,Slovenia,Poland,Lithuania,Slovakia and Latvia with 160
⇒7. Estonia with 159
⇒8.Romania and Bulgaria with 157
⇒9.Cyprus and Liechtenstein with 156
⇒10.Croatia and Monaco with 155
TOP TEN INDIVIDUAL PASSPORT POWER RANKING-2018
These are the positions for 2018. The positions of these Countries are likely to move places from their current rating in 2019.
I will be back with the ratings in 2019.See you on the other side.