Taiwan passport 28th most powerful in Arton Capital rankings

Taipei, Dec. 4 (CNA) Taiwan’s passport has a global power rank of 28th based on the number of countries it can be used to visit without pre-visa requirements, according to rankings compiled by Canadian financial advisory firm Arton Capital.

Taiwan’s passport can be used to visit 86 countries visa-free and 45 countries with a visa on arrival, and the total of 131 countries gave it a passport power rank of 28th in the world, the rankings showed.

The ranking is somewhat misleading, however, because ties in individual ranks not accounted for in the overall rankings (14 countries are ranked in the top three places, for example).

In fact, the passports of 63 of the 199 countries and territories in the Arton Capital survey were found to have more clout than Taiwan’s passport.

It was also ranked behind the passports of eight Asian countries and territories — United Arab Emirates (ranked first globally), Singapore (2nd), South Korea (3rd), Japan (4th), Malaysia (7th), Hong Kong (13th), Israel (16th) and Brunei (17th).

China’s passport had a passport power rank of 58th.

The UAE passport topped the index as the world’s most powerful passport with visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 167 countries, marking a big jump from its 24th-place finish in the index in December 2017.

The passports of Singapore and Germany were ranked second with a visa-free score of 166 each, followed by Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Luxembourg, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Norway, South Korea, and the United States, with visa-free or visa-on-arrival privileges in 165 countries.

The Passport Index, a popular online interactive tool, collects, displays and ranks the passports of the world based on visa waiver scores. It is updated as frequently as new visa waivers and changes are implemented, according to Arton.

Though the Arton index showed Taiwan passport holders can travel to 131 countries without the need for pre-visa requirements, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Taiwan nationals now have visa-free or visa-on-arrival treatment in 170 nations and territories.

In May, London-based advisory firm Henley & Partners released its passport rankings for 2018, in which Taiwan’s passport was ranked 26th among 200 countries and territories, up five notches from the previous year.