Financial advisers Arton Capital have released an online index of the world’s most powerful passports. Rankings are based on the number of countries passport holders can enter without applying for a visa in advance or by obtaining a visa on arrival.
With access to 147 countries the U.K. and U.S. visas tie for the number one spot. France, South Korea, and Germany follow in second place. Hong Kong narrowly misses out on the top 10, in 11th place, while China only comes in at number 45.
Sharing last place with visa-free access to only 20 countries each, are the Solomon Islands, Myanmar, South Sudan, Sao Tome and Principe, and the Palestinian Territories
According to the Washington Post, visa requirements are often an interesting, but overlooked, indicator of national relations, with allied countries offering each other’s citizens easy visas.
While the ranking site does not offer specific information on which countries your passport will allow you to enter without an advance visa, it is a useful resource for those considering second citizenship options.
Live and Invest Overseas has long recommended second citizenship as a key to international diversification.