#Travel: How powerful is your passport?

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PHOTO: http://www.passportindex.org/

 

How “powerful” or desirable is your passport? This is the question that the folks at Arton Capital have set out to answer.

Financial advisory firm Arton Capital created a Passport Index, which ranks travel documents based on how many countries passport holders can visit without having to obtain a visa in advance or by purchasing a visa on arrival.

Most countries require non-nationals to obtain a visa before entering their borders, but for countries that are allies, the requirements can differ a lot.

The Passport Index website is an interactive tool that allows you to find your passport by country, location, colour and its power rank. Passports are ranked based on their Visa Free Score. The higher the Visa Free Score, the better the Passport Power Rank and the more “powerful” your passport is.

The more nations you can access merely by showing up and getting a landing visa at the airport (or even entering visa-free), the more powerful your passport is.

The U.S. and U.K. passports lead the way in the Passport Power Rank index, whilst Kenya makes the list at a ranking of 50 with only 68 visa-free countries.

Here are the countries that had a power ranking of 10 or higher:

PASSPORT POWER RANK 1

United States of America

United Kingdom

PASSPORT POWER RANK 2

France

South Korea

Germany

PASSPORT POWER RANK 3

Sweden

Italy

PASSPORT POWER RANK 4

Denmark

Singapore

Finland

Japan

Luxembourg

Netherlands

PASSPORT POWER RANK 5

Switzerland

PASSPORT POWER RANK 6

Norway

Spain

Belgian

Portugal

Ireland

PASSPORT POWER RANK 7

Malaysia

Greece

Austria

Canada

PASSPORT POWER RANK 8

New Zealand

PASSPORT POWER RANK 9

Czech Republic

Hungary

Australia

PASSPORT POWER RANK 10

Poland

Slovakia

 

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SUSAN WONG

Susan Wong is the Editor of Capital Lifestyle, a resident photographer, an award-winning journalist, radio presenter, full-time adventurer, long-time admirer of anything edible, and a spicy food athlete at Capital FM.

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