Passports (and the visas they contain) are your ticket to world travel and doing business around the globe. These 3x5 booklets carry a lot of weight, some more than others, when it comes to entry into other countries. Despite recent technology enhancements, not much has changed over the years with them, but the future of passports should be interesting. In the meantime, here is a ranking of the worlds most powerful passports - see where your country ranks: https://www.passportindex.org/byIndividualRank.php
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“In an age of increasing mobility, becoming a Global Citizen has never been more desirable. Investing in a second residency or citizenship is a liberating and empowering privilege, which comes with a responsibility to the world.”
Passport Index positions countries based on the power of each passport, determined by Arton Capital’s three-tier method which combines a ranking for ‘Visa-free’ travel, together with ‘Visa on arrival’ ratio, with the country’s score as attributed by United Nations Development Programme Human Development Index to take account of the jurisdiction’s international perception. Essentially, the Index serves to understand and visualize the power of each passport on the holder’s identity, opportunity, mobility and overall quality of life. The 2016 version of the Index allows users to explore a list of visa conditions for each passport. Germany ranks the most powerful passport in the world, with a visa-free score of 157, followed by Sweden, Finland, Italy and Switzerland.