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Policy & Regulations

Select Indian Passport Holders Gain Visa-on-Arrival Access to Dubai

Emirates Airlines, one of two flag carriers of the United Arab Emirates, has introduced a convenient pre-approved visa-on-arrival service for select Indian passport holders in collaboration with VFS Global. To enhance the travel experience for Indian passport holders, customers of Emirates Airlines arriving in Dubai will now be issued a 14-day single entry visa by…
Technology

Protecting The Right to Travel

Before we entered the digital era, the travel process was often a painful one. Countries around the world required different documentation for entry, each of which had its own unique application processes. Information on what was needed was hard to come by, and it was often difficult to know if a visa was even required…
Design

Canada Unveils Redesigned Passport with Enhanced Security Features

Canada has introduced a new passport with advanced security features and fresh artwork, solidifying its reputation as a highly regarded travel document. Laser engraving replaces ink printing for personal information on the polycarbonate data page – which also incorporates an electronic chip within a transparent window – enhancing durability and deterring tampering and counterfeiting. Additional…
Lifestyle

The world’s top 5 airports that make traveling a breeze

An efficiently run and well-equipped airport can make or break the travel experience. Plus, they’re a boon for global mobility. Here are five of the world’s best, according to the World Airport Awards 2023. Friendly airport staff. Short lines. Fast, respectful immigration. Punctual departures, reliable luggage handling and a range of high-quality restaurants, shops, lounges……
Press Releases

What will change for Croatia now that it’s part of the Schengen Area?

On January 1, 2023, Croatia officially became the 27th country to join the Schengen Area, the world’s largest visa-free region. The country’s new status effectively removes any existing border controls between Croatia – which already held the world’s eighth-strongest passport in 2022 – and much of Europe. It’s a boon for the Balkan nation that…
Design

Iraq Introduces 3rd Generation ePassport

Iraq has recently introduced the 3rd generation of its electronic passport, with an aim to provide its citizens with the highest level of security and convenience while traveling abroad. The Iraqi Ministry of Interior, responsible for the design and manufacturing of the new ePassport, has taken great care in incorporating state-of-the-art security features that adhere…
Policy & Regulations

Kosovo Citizens Soon to be Granted Visa-free Travel to Schengen

The European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs recently took a monumental step towards visa liberalization for Kosovo with its approval on January 12, 2023. With a decisive 48 votes in favour, this marks a significant milestone in the institutional process that will allow Kosovo citizens to travel visa-free to the Schengen…
Lifestyle

Mongolia exempts 34 countries from visa requirements to foster post-covid economic development

Upon setting a goal of attracting one million foreign tourists and earning US$1 Billion in tourism revenue in 2024, the Mongolian government has declared 2023-2025 the “Years to visit Mongolia.” Heavily reliant on mining exports at present, Mongolia sees the development of its tourism sector as the most effective way to help the economy recover…
Reports

Why Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq had the weakest passports in 2022

The three Middle Eastern countries rounded out the bottom of Passport Index’s annual global rankings, mainly due to turbulent international relationships, ongoing conflicts and visa-overstay risk. Tracking the world’s passport power tells us more than how easy–or challenging–it can be for people to travel. Our annual Global Passport Power Rank, based on visa-free and visa-on-arrival…
Design

3 New Passports that Raise the Bar for Design and Security

Meaningful cultural imagery. Playful illustrations. Cutting-edge biometric tools. These passports celebrate global mobility with unique designs and the latest security technology. As the keys that unlock our global mobility, these vital documents are more than pieces of paper for immigration officials to scrutinize. Well-designed passports speak to national identity, cultural heritage and, in some cases,…
Design

Barbados Has A New Passport

The Caribbean's most powerful passport just got a facelift – Barbados' new passport features a new design, enhanced security features in line ...
Press Releases

Forget Back To Normal — The World Has Never Been As Open As It Is Now

The World Openness Score (WOS) has officially reached an all-time high of 54% global openness, moving past the dramatic two-year setback caused ...
Lifestyle

A New Era of Sustainable Global Travel Takes Off

With borders reopening and restrictions easing globally, international travel is making a comeback. But it’s not the same old story – perhaps ...
Technology

Could The Metaverse Reset Our Relationship With Borders?

The Metaverse may sound like a novel idea from a science fiction novel. But as it edges closer to becoming a reality, ...
Technology

5 New Innovations That Improve Mobility, Exploration and Connection

Planes, trains, automobiles and — autonomous passenger drones? When it comes to new travel technologies, the past 20 years have brought us ...
Policy & Regulations

Passport Index Data Reveals the Return to Global Freedom

World Openness Score reaches near pre-pandemic levels as borders continue to reopen. You can finally expel a sigh of relief after nearly ...
Security

Passports Decoded: How Does Your Essential Travel Document Prevent Fraud?

For such a tiny document, you’d be amazed how many security features modern passports contain. Here’s why more countries are choosing to ...
Design

Flag it: Why these 6 countries redesigned their flags

From adapting to new geographical boundaries to shifting cultural values, these six countries had excellent reasons to update their flag designs over ...
Design

Why The World’s Strongest Passports Are Also The Most Beautiful

From breathtaking hidden artwork to floating kangaroos and a galloping moose, the world’s most beautiful passports showcase their own unique looks. But ...
Lifestyle

A Record Number of Olympic Athletes Hold Multiple Passports

Reflecting dual citizenship trends worldwide, Olympians have found more mobility, freedom and opportunity by holding more than one passport. Every four years, ...
Lifestyle

Your Passport is More Powerful Than You Think

From biblical times to biometric technology, the paper passport has become increasingly sophisticated and secure over the decades. It has also come ...
Reports

The Results Are In: These are the World’s Most Powerful Passports of 2021

As the Omicron variant sweeps across the globe, we examine the 2021 Passport Index results and the trajectory of World Openness.  It’s ...