Have (Rich Country) Passport, Will Travel

No surprises in the newly published Passport Index. Have (Rich) Passport. Will travel.

According to Arton Capital, which compiles the Passport Index and empowers high net worth people to become global citizens, the country list is based on the 193 United Nations member countries and 6 territories (Macao, Kosovo, etc.) for a total of 199.

Without a doubt, western nations give passport holders the most global mobility. They  can visit more countries without a visa.

In the top 5, passports with the number of countries they offer access to are:

1. U.S., U.K. (147 countries)
2. France, South Korea, Germany (145)
3. Sweden, Italy (144)
4. Denmark, Singapore, Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands (143)
5. Switzerland (142)

Island nation Seychelles has the highest passport power in Africa, followed by Mauritius and South Africa, with one of the largest economies in Africa. In the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Guinea leads, topping even global super power China.

Guinea's neighbor, Sierra Leone, is ranked midway in the Passport Index followed by neigboring Gambia, Ghana and Niger in another group.

Here is how Africa ranked on the full list:

24. Seychelles (116)
26. Mauritius (111)
41. South Africa (42)
42. Guinea (81)
49. Sierra Leone (69)
50. Botswana, Kenya (68)
52. Gambia, Ghana, Niger (66)
53. Lesotho (65)
56. Swaziland (62)
57. Tanzania, Nigeria, Tunisia, Namibia, Mali, Zambia (61)
58. Morocco, Benin, Malawi (60)
60. Senegal, Uganda (57)
61. Cape Verde (56)
64. Congo, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Mauritania, Burkina Faso (53)
65. Liberia, Mozambique (52)
66. Algeria, Guinea-Bissau (51)
67. Togo (50)
69. Cameroon (48)
70. Libera, Sudan (47)
72. Chad (45)
73. Gabon (44)
74. Rwanda, Angola (43)
75. Madagascar (42)
76. Congo (Democratic Republic), Central African Republic (41)
77. Equatorial Guinea, Comoros, Burundi (40)
78. Somalia, Eritrea (39)
79. Djibouti, Ethiopia (38)
80. South Sudan, Sao Tome and Principe (28)

Passport Power Rank accumulate points for each visa free country that their holders can visit without a visa, or they can obtain a visa on arrival. Passports are ranked based on their Visa Free Score. The higher the Visa Free Score, the better. Data is based on IATA's Timaticweb platform as well as other sources.

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