Arton Capital, the global financial advisory firm specialising in investor programmes for residency and citizenship, launched the ‘Passport Index’, an online interactive tool, which collects, displays and ranks the passports of the world.
Armand Arton, president and CEO of Arton Capital explains:
Working in an industry that is so sensitive to origin and nationality, we wanted to display the diversity, the beauty and the power of world’s passports.’
In the GCC, the UAE is ranked in 47th place, with access to 72 countries visa free, Qatar shortly follows in 52nd place, whilst Bahrain and Saudi Arabia are both ranked at 57th in the list by passport power. The USA and UK top are ranked 1st, in tie at second place are ranked France, Germany and South Korea. At the bottom of the list are the passports of Solomon Islands, Myanmar (Burma), South Sudan, Sao Tome and Principe.
Visitors of passportindex.org can discover the world’s passports on a map, by country name, by Passport Power Rank and even by the colour of their cover. The ranking is based on points accumulated for each country that the passport holder can travel visa-free. The country list is based on the 193 UN member countries and six territories for a total of 199. The territories annexed to other countries are excluded. For the visa-free count, IATA’s Timaticweb platform and other sources are consulted.
The Passport Index is just one of the numerous interactive tools made available by Arton. This particular project is open for visitors to contribute with information about new passport covers, and recommendations about the methodology.
Arton Capital will also be hosting the Global Citizen Forum 2015 in Monaco this year. The Forum will bring together government agency representatives, distinguished speakers, philanthropists, as well as financial, legal and family office advisors, industry professionals, business leaders, high net worth individuals and celebrities. With special guests including Kofi A. Annan, 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations.