8Jul/15

How useful is your South African passport?

South Africa currently ranks 44th out of 199 countries in terms of visa-free travelling, followed by Guinea, Belize and China. This according to the Passport Index created by Arton Capital.

The Passport Index is an online interactive tool that collects, displays, and ranks the utility of passports around the world.

“South African businesses have to contend on an international level but are unfortunately hampered by visa requirements, leading to a potential loss of market share and profit,” says president and ceo of Arton Capital, Armand Arton.

The ‘power ranking’ of each global passport is calculated by tallying a country’s ‘visa-free score’, or the number of countries that can be visited by holders without either an advance visa or purchase thereof on arrival.

The list is currently based on the 193 UN member countries and six territories for a total of 199 (territories annexed to other countries are excluded). By this measure, the following countries have the top 10 ranking:

  1. UK, US
  1. South Korea, Germany, France
  1. Sweden, Italy
  1. Denmark, Singapore, Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands
  1. Switzerland
  1. Norway, Spain, Ireland, Belgium, Portugal
  1. Canada, Greece, Austria, Malaysia
  1. New Zealand
  1. Czech Republic, Australia, Hungary
  1. Poland, Slovakia


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