The Global Passport Power Rank 2017 was released on 25 October 2017 by global financial advisory firm Arton Capital.
As per the Global Passport Index, Singapore fetched the most powerful ranking with a score of 159 in visa free category, topping the list. Germany was ranked second, followed jointly by Sweden and South Korea in third place.
India was ranked at 75th place, three places above its earlier rank of 78.
Highlights of the Passport Index
• Following Paraguay’s removal of visa requirements for Singaporeans, Singapore bagged the first rank at the Global Passport Index. This was the first time when an Asian nation got the most powerful passport in the world.
• Besides Singapore, the other nations on Top 5 were Germany (visa score 158) that bagged second; Sweden and South Korea (visa core 157) together were placed 3rd; Denmark, Finland, Italy, France, Spain, Norway, Japan, United Kingdom (156 visa score) were placed at number four and Luxemburg, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Portugal (155 visa score) were positioned at number 5.
• South Korea, Japan and Malaysia were three Asian nations that were included in Top 20.
• Earlier the Top 10 ranks were held by European countries.
• US saw a fall in most powerful passport list ever since Donald Trump took charge as President. In recent times Turkey and Central African Republic repealed their visa free status to US passport holders.
• With a visa score of 51, Indian passport was ranked 75. It ranked below countries like Saudi Arabia (visa score 69), Zimbabwe (visa score 62), Uganda (visa score 61), Rwanda (visa score 54), even Togo which is one of the smallest countries in the world scored 53.
• India ranked above Bhutan, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Nepal (ranked 90), Bangladesh (ranked 92) and Pakistan (94).
• Afghanistan was ranked at 95, with a visa score of 22.
About Global Passport Power Rank 2017
• Passport Index is led by global financial advisory firm Arton Capital.
• It takes into account the passports of 193 United Nations member countries and 6 territories while ranking.
• The index ranks national passports on the basis of cross-border access, visa-free score according to the number of countries a passport holder can visit visa-free or with visa on arrival.
• United Nations Development Programme Human Development Index (UNDP HDI) is used as one of the methodologies to determine the nation with most powerful passport.
When: 25 October 2017