Passport index affects travel plans
The new up to date travel index, reports a list of the countries holding the strongest passports. The ability to visit countries with out the hassle of applying for a visa is a defining factor.
Within a total of 157 countries, German travelers have the strongest passport. They receive either visa free access or can arrange for a visa upon arrival to the destination of their desire. Next, in line comes Sweden, Singapore, then the UK.
Meanwhile, with a ranking of third place, the United Kingdom holds with Norway, Denmark, Finland, France, Switzerland, the United States, France and Spain.
Last week the index was updated and measured Asian countries against each other. South Korea was changed to Singapore.
So what exactly does this list tell us?
Is it a measure of the friendliest and least friendly countries? Does it indicate a desire for tourists or discouragement from traveling? Maybe certain countries have something to hide? Perhaps governments communicate with each other this way.
Undoubtedly, the index took a few considerations into the accounting of scores. First, each country has to determine travel restrictions. Also of consideration is the passport issued in the country of nationality, is it current or expired, is the holder of the passport a citizen of the country issuing the passport. Additionally, is the passport holder and adult, how long will the stay last and is an entry for reasons of business or pleasure?
It seems European countries are the most stable regarding visa requirements. Consequently, the ranking of countries in this area does not fluctuate. Therefore, consistent tourism and travel abroad for any reason is accepted.
Here is the ranking on a scale of numbers 1 through 10.
- Germany, Singapore
- Sweden, South Korea
- Denmark, Finland, Italy, France, Spain, Norway, Japan, UK, USA
- Luxembourg, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Portugal
- Malaysia, Ireland, Canada
- Greece, New Zealand, Australia
- Malta, Czech, Iceland
- Slovenia, Slovakia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia
Moreover, next time you decide to travel, one of your first requirement might be if you have easy access or not.
The following infographic shows the passports that won’t get you far with Afghanistan rock bottom of the index. Holders there are only able to visit 22 different countries without the hassle of visas and Iraq and Pakistan aren’t much better, with 26 each.
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