The index is drawn up by combining the ranking for visa-free travel, together with visa-on-arrival ratio, with the country’s score as attributed by the UN Development Programme Human Development Index.
Malta was given a score of 150, falling two places from last year. Despite being ranked in the ninth position, there are actually 27 other countries with passports that are more powerful, as a number of countries were given the same ranking.
Over the past two years, Malta has issued almost 700 passports to wealthy individuals in exchange for cash, generating at least €200 million.
The most powerful passport in the world remains Germany’s, with a visa-free score of 157, followed by Sweden in second place with a score of 156.
Sharing the third spot were Finland, France, Switzerland, Spain, South Korea and the UK, each given a ranking of 156.
Iraq and Pakistan were at the bottom of the rankings, at 93rd and 94th place respectively. Afghanistan has the very worst-ranking passport in the world, coming in at the 95th place and a ranking of 24.
Published By Malta Chamber on 29th November 2016