World’s Top 3 Most Powerful Passports
If you are a national of any of these countries then your travelling options are looking pretty healthy.
Published on 8 November 2017
Passport strength is an interesting measurement. The Global Passport Power Rank, created by Arton Capital, essentially ranks a country by how many other countries its nationals can travel to visa-free.
Here we reveal the world’s top three most powerful passports in Arton Capital’s ranking. If you are a national of any of these countries then your travelling options are looking pretty healthy.
Singapore took the top spot this year. Now citizens of the island nation can jet off to 159 countries without applying for a visa in advance of travelling – all they have to do is enter immigration at the arrival hall of their destination and receive their stamp. Which country took Singapore to the top? That would be the landlocked nation of Paraguay. Having recently removed the visa restriction, Singaporean travellers looking to head off into the exotic South American country can now enter freely – after an arduous 37-hour trip to get there!
Germany was second on the list, having shared the top spot with Singapore last year. German nationals can travel visa-free to 158 countries. It’s a shame really, but at least they can live anywhere in the EU easily. Fancy a year in the Florence? Go for it! Is London calling? For now, Germans can still enjoy a spot of afternoon tea for as long as they like. As you can expect, European countries always perform strongly in these types of rankings. Which brings us to third place.
Well, third place was actually a tie between South Korea and Sweden. Citizens of these two very distinctly different countries can each travel to 157 different countries visa-free. Quite interestingly, the countries they can travel to visa-free are not the same. Swedes can travel for a cheetah-watching holiday in Namibia, where as South Korean’s can enjoy Borsch in Russia without a visa.
So what does all of this mean for you as a traveller? Well if you are a citizen of a top ranking country, your life is a little easier if you intend to mainly travel to third-world countries. No more booking appointments and interviews at embassies or paying exorbitant fees. Interestingly, the US dropped down the list to 6th from 5th (thanks, Turkey). Citizens from the US can only travel to 154 countries visa-free. But let’s face it, most people there love travelling around their own country so much that only 36% of them actually have a passport. Or it could be that they don’t receive enough days off of work to make long trips worthwhile. We’ll let you decide!
Bringing up the rear is no surprise really with Afghanistan coming in last. Only 22 countries allow visa-free travel if you’re from the country. Iraq and Pakistan are the next lowest ranked, tied with only 26 visa-free countries each. And finally, Syria with 29 countries rounds out the bottom three.
As Singapore takes the top spot, it becomes the first Asian country to be solely ranked number one on the list. This is no small task and shows the importance the island nation is placing in its overseas ties. As for next year’s winner, your guess is as good as mine, however, I wouldn’t expect any drastic changes at the top or bottom of Arton Capital’s index.