Which is the most powerful passport?
Traditionally the most powerful passports are those countries’ travel documents which enables the holders to enter visa-free in the territory of the most other states. In normal cases citizens of other countries can enter in other countries without visa. Then at level 2, passengers must buy a visa when entering. The hardest situation is when the travellers must obtain a visa before travelling. If the passport holder’s country is not so friendly with the destination, the visa can cost a hefty fee and filing a detailed application form is a must. Or even an invitation letter can be necessary.
The passport index, created by Arton Capital is ranking all passports of the world. This ranking is calculated by how many countries the holder can visit without visa or by purchasing visa on arrival.
On the first place the passports of the US and UK can be find. Holders of both travel document can enter without advanced visa into 147 countries. France, Germany and South Korea are in second place, with access to 145 countries. Then comes Italy and Sweden on the third place, followed by Denmark, Singapore, Finland, Japan, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. The recently happiest country, Switzerland is the fifth.
Of course the most developed countries dominate the best positions. BRIC countries could also perform better, because Brazil ranks 17th, the Russian Federation 35th and China 45th. The weakest passports are from Solomon Islands, Myanmar, South Sudan, São Tomé and Principe and the Palestinian Territories.
Passport ranking of the countries with Citizenship by Investment Programs:
Malta (11), visa-free countries: 136
Cyprus (11), visa-free countries: 136
St. Kitts and Nevis (29), visa-free countries: 108
Antigua and Barbuda (25), visa-free countries: 113
Grenada (48), visa-free countries: 48
Dominica (47), visa-free countries: 72
The passport index is not the only ranking of passports and there are several differences between the charts. In the ranking of Good Magazine, the most powerful passport still belongs to the UK with visa-free travelling into 173 countries, but the American travel document is not even close to this number.