Zimbabweans are often frustrated with the complex and costly visa requirements for Europe and the US, but there are actually 29 countries we can travel to visa free and another 28 that only require visas on arrival – all of which is illustrated on the upgraded Passport Index. Arton Capital, a global financial advisory firm specialising in international residency and second citizenship solutions, has launched its latest edition of the Passport Index – a ranking system which assesses the benefits of each passport from around the world. The index has a new ‘Welcoming Rank’ which shows the world’s most and least powerful passports based on visafree access afforded to passportholders.
Ranked solely on the number of countries that accept visafree or with visa on arrival, the index serves to explain and help visualise the power of each passport on the holder’s identity, opportunity, mobility and overall quality of life. Zimbabwe is ranked 88th on the list and a passport power rating of 68. It has a visa score of 57, UNDP Human Development Index of 0.509. “In a world that has everchanging political and economic circumstances and uncertainty, flexibility and adaptability can be taken for granted by some.
To move freely within the European Union or to travel visafree to hundreds of locations might seem like a given for many, but to others this is something they might think they can only dream of. To be allowed to enter a country visafree is not determined on beliefs or morals but on what piece of paper you hold in your hand. Your passport”, explains Armand Arton, President of Arton Capital.
“Your passport is one of the most important documents in your life but to some, it reduces the opportunities for themselves and their families at better education, careers and standard of living. An improved passport leads to improved lives and support for national economies. It also generates investment, disperses wealth and increases employment opportunities”, says Armand Arton.