Intellectual Thoughts by Sanjay Panda: October 2017

The MOST powerful passport in the world......

Singapore has been named as the country with the most powerful passport in the world in a new report. The 2017 Global Passport Power Rank, produced by advisory firm Arton Capital, put Singapore at the top of its list.

It ranked all of the passports of the world by their "total visa-free score," where a point is given for each country that their holders can visit without a visa, with a visa on arrival, or using electronic travel authorization ( eTA).

Prior to Paraguay's decision to remove visa restrictions, Singapore shared the number one spot on the Index with Germany, which has a passport score of 158 closely followed by Sweden and South Korea at 157.

This is the first time an Asian country has had the most powerful passport in the world, according to Arton Capital.
Meanwhile, the US passport has fallen in favor ( Score of 154)  since  President Donald Trump took office, the Passport Index statement said, noting that Turkey and the Central African Republic were the most recent countries to revoke visa-free status to US passport holders.

The index  developed  considering Passports of 193 United Nations member countries and six territories -- ROC Taiwan, Macao (SAR China), Hong Kong (SAR China), Kosovo, Palestinian Territory and the Vatican.  Territories annexed to other countries are excluded.

Here are the top 10 passports of this world:

1     1 Singapore  :  159
2     2 Germany : 158
3     3 Sweden and South Korea :157
4     4 Denmark,FInland,Italy,France,Spain,UK, Norway Japan :156
5     5 Luxembourg,Switzerland,Netherlands,Belgium,Austria,Portugal :155
6     6 Malaysia,Ireland, USA,Canada : 154
7     7 Greece, New Zealand, Australia :153
8     8 Malta, Czechia, Iceland :152
9     9 Hungry  :150
1     10 Slovenia, Slovakia,Poland,Lithuania,Latvia :149

India  improved  score to 51 and ranked 74. 
India ranked 74

Least Favored (Country rank &  scores)

            199  Afghanistan :  22
            197 Pakistan and Iraq : 26