About

Arton Capital's Passport Index is the world’s most popular online interactive tool, which collects, displays and ranks the passports of the world.

It is the only real time global ranking of the world’s passports, updated as frequently as new visa waivers and changes are announced.

Visitors can dive in the fascinating world of passports, explore their designs, sort them by country, region and even by color. For the first time ever, visitors can compare passports side by side and even explore which additional passports can improve their Global Mobility Score.

The Passport Index also features PASSE/PORT, the comprehensive blog curating passport-related news, and views on global mobility, security, technology, branding, and visa policies from around the world.

Purpose

Inform

Showcase, educate and inform the public on the power passports transcend on the holder’s identity, opportunity, mobility and overall quality of life. United by our diversity, the passport is one of the most important documents we possess.

Engage

Encourage discussions on visa policies, citizenship, country branding, global mobility, public security, philanthropy and foreign policy.

Inspire

In today’s world, becoming a Global Citizen is more important than ever. Having a second citizenship is a liberating and empowering privilege which comes with a responsibility to the world.

Methodology

The Passport Index methodology is based on the following:

  • Passports of 193 United Nations member countries and 6 territories (ROC Taiwan, Macao (SAR China), Hong Kong (SAR China), Kosovo, Palestinian Territory and the Vatican) for a total of 199 are considered.
  • Territories annexed to other countries such as Norfolk Island (Australia), French Polynesia (France), British Virgin Islands (Britain), etc. who do not issue their own passports are excluded and not considered as destinations.
  • Countries which issue passports, regardless if they enforce independent visa policies or not are considered as destinations.
  • Data is based on proprietary research from publicly available sources and on official information provided by government agencies.
  • Significant number of passport images are provided by proud citizens of their countries. While some chose to remain anonymous, most have been credited for their contribution.
  • To determine the individual rank of each passport, a three-tier method is applied:
    1. Visa-Free Score (VFS) – includes visa-free (VF) and visa on arrival (VOA)
    2. VF portion of their score vs VOA
    3. United Nations Development Programme Human Development Index (UNDP HDI) is used as a tie breaker. The UNDP HDI is a significant measure on the country’s perception abroad.

How to use the Passport Index

EXPLORE:
By Country

Explore the interactive mosaic, find your country's passport, or simply discover others.

By Region

Display passports for specific continents, regions, or other geopolitical filters.

By Location

The world map represented by the color of the country’s passport cover.

By Color

Sort passports by the color of their cover.

COMPARE:
By Passport

Compare the world’s passports next to each other, learn about their visa policies and discover your Global Mobility Score.

By Destination

Compare how welcoming different countries are.

RANK:
Global Passport Power Rank

Passports of the world are sorted by their total Visa-Free Score, which includes visa-free and visa on arrival privileges. The higher the VFS score, the better global mobility its passport bearer enjoys.

Individual Passport Power Rank

No two passports are alike, hence why share a rank? The 2016 edition of the Passport Index introduced a unique ranking system, where each passport occupies an individual rank, based on their individual country and visa characteristics.

Filtered Rank

It has never been easier to rank passports based on their individual characteristics within a context of your interest. You can now filter by continent, region, industry and many more.

Global Country Welcoming Rank

Some passports command respect and visa-free access to many parts of the world. But how welcoming are they? Passport Index’ Country Welcoming Rank showcases the most and least welcoming countries in the world, ranked solely on the the number of countries they accept visa-free or with visa on arrival.

Global Country Welcoming Rank

Some passports command respect and visa-free access to many parts of the world. But how welcoming are they? Passport Index’ Country Welcoming Rank showcases the most and least welcoming countries in the world, ranked solely on the the number of countries they accept visa-free or with visa on arrival.

IMPROVE:
Boost your Global Mobility Score

Discover which additional passport(s) can improve your Global Mobility Score. The higher the global mobility score, the more countries you can visit visa-free, or with visa on arrival.

Global Passport Power Rank Examples

  • Germany ranks as the most powerful passport in the world with a Visa-Free Score of 157.
  • Afghanistan is ranked last with a Visa-Free Score of 23.
  • Barbados ranks as the most powerful Caribbean passport (ranked 21st), followed by Bahamas (22nd) and Antigua & Barbuda with Saint Kitts & Nevis (25th)

Individual Passport Power Rank Examples

  • Both Spain and Switzerland have a Visa-Free Score of 155. However, Spain, ranked 7th, has a visa-free portion of 120, while Switzerland has only 119, which puts it in 8th place.
  • Both Belgium and Austria have a Visa-Free Score of 154, and identical visa-free portions of 120. However, Belgium is ranked higher in the UN’s Human Development Index than Austria, therefore it is placed 14th in the Individual Passport Power Rank.

Welcoming Countries Rank Examples

  • The African continent has some of the most welcoming countries.
  • Dominica is the most welcoming Caribbean country and ranked in 2nd place in the world.
  • Iran is the most welcoming country in the MENA region (ranked 9th in the world), followed by Turkey (17th), Jordan (26th) and Lebanon (46th).
  • UK ranks in 52nd place of the most welcoming country in the world.
  • While Germany has the most powerful passport in the world as of January 2017, it only allows 91 countries to enter without a visa (or with visa on arrival), placing it 52nd on the Welcoming Countries Rank.

World Openness Score Examples

  • Global mobility is getting easier overall. The 2016 World Openness Score was 17,925. See the current score here.
  • Austria’s current Visa-Free Score is 154, up from 153 in 2016.
 

Terminology

Visa-Free Score (VFS)

Passports accumulate points for each country that their holders can visit without a visa, with visa on arrival or eTA.

Visa-Free (VF)

Permission from a foreign authority to enter a country is not required.

Visa on arrival (VOA)

Permission from a foreign authority to enter a country is required but can be obtained on arrival.

Visa required (VR)

Permission from a foreign authority to enter a country is required prior to travel.

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

Requirement for foreign nationals travelling to a country where permission to enter is not required. It is a relatively new approach, widely used by the USA, Canada and others. As such, eTA is included in the Visa-Free Score.

Passport Power Rank (PPR)

Passports are ranked based on their Visa-Free Score. The higher the Visa-Free Score, the better the Passport Power Rank.

Welcoming Countries Score (WCS)

Countries are ranked by the number of passports they accept visa-free or with visa on arrival.

Global Mobility Score (GMS)

A measure for people’s current or potential number of countries they can visit visa-free with up to 4 passports.

World Openness Score (WOS)

A measure of the global ease of travel by taking into account all visa waivers in the world. The higher the number, the more open the world is becoming.

UNDP Human Development Index (UNDP HDI)

The United Nations Development Programme's Human Development Index is a summary measure of average achievement in key dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, being knowledgeable and have a decent standard of living. These measures are an important indication to a country’s perception abroad.

Legend (UNDP HDI value)

1.00
0.86 - 0.95
0.76 - 0.85
0.66 - 0.75
0.56 - 0.65
0.46 - 0.55
0.36 - 0.45
0.26 - 0.35
0.16 - 0.25
0.06 - 0.15

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Contribute

Help us improve this tool and have a chance to represent your country by sending us a high quality passport cover photo to [email protected]. Your name will be fully credited, unless you wish to remain anonymous. Your privacy is guaranteed.

Our aim is to build the most comprehensive photo library of passport covers in the world. Can you help us? We will be happy to integrate any passport cover photo, which is of better quality than the current version displayed. Photos or scans should be of high resolution, well lit and as close as possible to the original. By sending us the photo, you give us full rights for usage as we see fit.

Legal notes

Passport Index is a free tool, built with publicly available information and with content contributed by fans and government agencies around the world. Analytics is based on proprietary research. Certain assumptions have been taken where data was missing or not reliable.

This tool should not be used for travelling purposes. For specific visa policies, please contact a consulate or embassy near you.

Passport designs are copyright of each respective government.

Media Enquiries

For press and media enquiries, please contact us at [email protected].

Change log

3.0.17.02.09: Malaysia impose visa requirements for Serbia.

3.0.17.01.10: Belarus waive visa requirements for 40 countries.

3.0.17.01.06: Passport Index 2017 launch.

2.0.16.11.25: Belarus and Brazil waive visa requirements.

2.0.16.11.21: New Zealand impose visa requirements for South Africa.

2.0.16.11.11: Guyana waive visa requirements for Malaysia.

2.0.16.11.01: Azerbaijan waive visa requirements for Kuwait, Israel, Japan, Oman, Qatar, Korea (Rep), Bahrain, Malaysia.

2.0.16.11.01: Mongolia impose visa requirements for 53 countries.

2.0.16.10.15: Singapore impose visa requirements for North Korea.

2.0.16.10.11: European Union and Solomon Islands waive visa requirements.

2.0.16.10.03: Korea, Republic of and United Arab Emirates waive visa requirements.

2.0.16.09.23: St. Kitts and Nevis and Maldives waive visa requirements.

2.0.16.09.22: European Union waive Visa requirements for Micronesia.

2.0.16.09.08: UAE waive visa requirements for China.

2.0.16.08.06: Iran and Armenia waive visa requirements.

2.0.16.07.30: Brasil waive visa requirements for Montenegro.

2.0.16.07.19: St Vincent and The Grenadines and Ecuador waive visa requirements.

2.0.16.07.09: Qatar waive visa requirements for Turkey.

2.0.16.07.07: Tuvalu, Marshall Island, Kiribati waives visa requirements for EU citizens.

2.0.16.07.07: European Union waive Visa requirements for Tuvalu, Marshall Island, Kiribati, Peru.

2.0.16.06.06: Indonesia waive visa requirements for Rwanda.

2.0.16.05.18: UK electronic visa waiver scheme was launched for Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and UAE passport holders.

2.0.16.04.21: Brunei lifts visa requirements for Croatian citizens.

2.0.16.04.13: Added Global Mobility Score comparison and sharing functions.

2.0.16.04.01: Passport Index 2016 launch.