When traveling to another country, most commonly the first thing you think of is, do you need a visa with your passport and how easy is it to get into the country you are going to move to or visit.
Every country in the world has its own unique visa requirements. The requirements can indeed differ a lot, depending on the current laws of that country. Sometimes you may be asked to provide letter of invitations, entry and exit dates, host information, reason for entry, information about your education and personal life all while paying a fee for these answers, while sometimes you can easily get a quick visa prior to departure or even upon your arrival.
It’s quite interesting how many countries you can visit or enter with a single visa, and it’s precisely this thought that inspired Arton Capital to create the Passport Index. It allows you to sort passports of countries by their “power rank”. This ranking is calculated by how many countries you can visit with a passport without an advance visa, or by purchising a visa on arrival.
And the winners are… the U.S. and U.K.! Anyone who’s lucky enough to have citizenship in these two countries has the opportunity to travel and visit 147 countries visa-free, which allows them to move much easier than citizens with different passports than those two. Next in the rankings are France, South Korea and Germany passports coming in second with access to 145 countries, followed by Sweden and Italy which allows visits to 144 countries visa-free.
The fourth and fifth places are occupied indeed by Denmark, Singapore, Finland, Japan, Luxembourg and the Netherlands with 143 countries and Switzerland with 142 countries.
The less desirable passports seem to be the ones of Myanmar, South Sudan, Palestinian Territories, Solomon Islands and Sao Tome and Principe which allows one to visit only 28 countries visa-free.
You can filter your view of this index a few different ways, choosing by country, location, power rank or by color. Are you wondering what is the purpose of sorting the passport by color? Obviously none, but it can be satisfying to see the world’s passports in groups of red, green, black and blue collections!
Maybe one of the funnest aspects of the list is to see the differents covers of each countries passport. Some fun examples, you ask: Guatemala, as well as El Salvador, have a blue cover featuring the map of the country’s location within Central America; Gabon, on the West Coast of Central Africa, has a black cover which has a breastfeeding mother; Lebanon’s cover passport shows its cedar tree, as well as its flag.
And despite you are among the most lucky citizens or not, if you are about to move to another country, our community on Goguin is waiting for you to make your move easier and cheaper!