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Power of Passport: India fares worse than Zimbabwe, but better than Pakistan

28 October 2017

The report showed that Djibouti and Congo can visit 45 countries visa-free.

"Visa-free global mobility has become an important factor in today's world", said founder and president of Arton Capital Armand Arton at the recently held Global Citizen Forum in Montenegro.

"Most recently Turkey and the Central African Republic revoked their visa-free status to the United States", it said. While India has improved its ranking from number 78 to number 75, Pakistan has finished at the second-last spot at number 93.

The United States is now ranked sixth, with a visa-free score of 154 - on par with Malaysia, Ireland, and Canada.

The rankings from the worldwide finance firm Arton Capital had US passports tied for sixth place - along with Ireland, Canada, and Malaysia - for global mobility.

Singapore can now claim to have the world's strongest passport-the first time an Asian country tops the list, knocking out perennially strong European countries, according to new rankings.

Among countries of the world, Nigeria has one of the poorest passports and can only visit 44 countries either without visa as they can have such issued to the traveller upon arrival. Singapore snagged the top spot.

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The tiny Asian nation drew ahead of last year's top-ranking country, Germany, after Paraguay opened up its borders up to citizens.

The passports of 193 United Nations member countries and six territories were considered.

In 2015, the United States tied for first place with the United Kingdom; past year, it slipped to fourth place.

Since early 2017, the No. 1 position was shared with Singapore, which was steadily moving up the ranks.

But there has been a huge shift as three Asian countries have shot up into the top four tiers, with South Korea ranking in joint third place with Sweden.

The US passport had fallen since President Donald Trump took office, according to Arton Capital. Most recently, the USA and Turkey have become involved in a diplomatic dispute that has involved the suspension of visas.

That's where companies like Arton Capital come in, helping high net-worth individuals enlist in citizenship by investment programs (CIPs), where investing in a country's economy can grant easy access to more powerful passports.

Power of Passport: India fares worse than Zimbabwe, but better than Pakistan