Ranking of world’s most powerful passports
Financial firm Arton Capita, which specializes in helping wealthy individuals hold multiple citizenships, has put together a ranking of the world’s most powerful passports.
The ranking is calculated by how many countries passport holders can visit without an advance visa, or by purchasing a visa on arrival.
Countries that are allies often offer each others’ citizens a quick visa on arrival. For countries that are not so friendly, a visitor may have to provide entry and exit information, a letter of invitation, and even list all of the clubs they belonged to in high school — as well as paying a hefty fee.
The top-ranked passports, followed by the number of countries they offer access to:
- U.S., U.K. (147 countries)
- France, South Korea, Germany (145)
- Sweden, Italy (144)
- Denmark, Singapore, Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands (143)
- Switzerland (142)
Advanced economies dominate the top of the list. The least desirable passports according to this ranking are from the Solomon Islands, Myanmar, South Sudan, Sao Tome and Principe and the Palestinian Territories. They rank in 80th place, giving access to just 20 countries each without an advance visa.