World's most powerful passports revealed
The Jakarta Post
A passport's power is one of the most important aspects of a person's international traveling experience. For instance, it determines which countries its holder can visit with or without a visa, or whether the traveler can at least obtain a visa on arrival — which can affect a person's budget and access.
In its 2016 list of Global Passport Power Rank, passportindex.org, a site owned by global financial advisory firm Arton Capital, named the German passport at the most powerful in the world, as its holders are able to visit 158 countries without a visa, or get a visa on arrival.
The Swedish passport follows closely on the list with 157 visa-free or visa on arrival privileges, followed by Finland, France, Switzerland, Spain, South Korea and the United Kingdom with 156.
Meanwhile, with 24 visa-free and 32 visa on arrival privileges, Indonesian passport ranks 72 globally.
(Read also: Four common traits of Indonesian tourists)
“Many people around the world consider their passport to be a barrier to their opportunities in life and choose to empower their identity and global footprint by obtaining a second citizenship through investment,” the president of Arton Capital said in an official statement.
Passportindex.org also made a Welcoming Countries Rank, which reveals country rankings in terms of granting visa-free or visa on arrival privileges to other countries.
Burundi, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Comoros, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, Mauritania, Micronesia, Mozambique, Samoa, Seychelles, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tuvalu and Uganda topped the list together, as each country grants visa-free or visa on arrival to up to 198 other countries. (kes)
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