Taiwan passport 28th most powerful in Arton Capital rankings | Economics

The UAE passport was on 27th position in December 2016,and now has attained first place globally

The UAE passport was on 27th position in December 2016,and now has attained first place globally

The Singapore passport has fallen to second in the 2018 Passport Index, behind the United Arab Emirates' travel document which is now the most powerful passport in the world.

The Passport Index issued by the Arton Capital, ranks countries' passports based on the number of countries a passport holder can enter without obtaining a visa or obtaining it at the time of entry.

In another similar ranking, Pakistan passport was also named third worst and placed at 104 spot in the Henley Passport Index 2018.

Taiwan's passport can be used to visit 86 countries visa-free and 45 countries with a visa on arrival, and the total of 131 countries gave it a passport power rank of 28th in the world, the rankings showed.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's neighbor India has been ranked 66 and its passport holders can travel to 25 countries visa-free.

"More and more countries are placing an importance on the power of their passports, and how freely their citizens can travel across the globe", said Armand Arton, president of Arton Capital, the inventors of Passport Index. Singapore, Germany 3. Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Luxembourg, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Norway, South Korea and United States of America 4.

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It has raced up the passport ranking - previous year it didn't even feature in the top ten.

The UK ties for fourth place with Belgium, Austria, Japan, Greece, Portugal, Switzerland, Ireland and Canada on 164 countries.

At the other end of the table is Afghanistan, where citizens can travel visa-free to just 29 countries.

They are followed by Estonia in eighth place, which has access to 160 countries, Romania and Bulgaria (ninth) on 158 countries, and Cyprus and Liechtenstein (10th) on 157 countries.

The Passport Index collects, displays and ranks the passports of the world. There are eight countries for which Pakistanis do not need a visa for and 27 that offer a visa on arrival.

Similarly, Singapore and Germany ranks second and third respectively.

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