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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 with international standards, and highlights of cultural landmarks. Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Wilfred Abrahams, Minister of Home Affairs and Information referred to the new passport as a “collector’s item,” while…
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 by plummeting visa scores during the COVID-10 pandemic. On January 11, 2020, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission announced the first death caused by the coronavirus, and from that moment… everything changed. From unprecedented…
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 that’s for the best. Long lines at airports. Cancelled flights. Rowdy passengers. The return to travel has been far from smooth so far. And the industry has been playing catch up in more…
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, could this borderless Metaverse impact how we view freedom of movement in the physical realm?   If you’re interested in technology, there’s a good chance you’re familiar with the term “metaverse.” But defining…
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 a fascinating list of innovations that are constantly changing how we live and move through the world. From increasingly secure border crossings to real-time language tools and breakthroughs in space travel, here are…
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 two years of watching the rise and fall of the Passport Index’ acclaimed World Openness Score (WOS) — one of the most accurate real-time data of the world’s mobility status. Looking at the…
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 invest in passport security. Passports are usually small enough to tuck into a back pocket, but don’t let their unassuming nature fool you. These compact travel documents are packed with surprisingly advanced technology.…
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 ...
Lifestyle

Why Are Visa-Free Agreements so Important?

Freedom of movement. Human rights. Enhanced international cooperation. Seamless border crossings. Visa-free agreements are essential tools for a more just, collaborative and ...
Press Releases

Q4 Report Reveals 14.8% Increase WOS and Welcomes UAE back to 1st Place

As the UAE opens its doors to the world for the start of EXPO Dubai 2020, the Passport Index Q4 report revealed ...
Security

Dominica Joins the Future of Travel with New Biometric Passport

Dominica is amongst the first islands in the Caribbean to launch its official biometric passport, allowing citizens to travel more safely, efficiently, ...
Press Releases

Q3 Global Passport Rankings Revealed

US Bounces Back as Q3 Global Passport Rankings Revealed amid global Covid restrictions ease  Biden administration’s nationwide vaccination roll out sees confidence ...
Policy & Regulations

Digital Covid-19 vaccine certificates are here. So what’s the hold up?

As the race to develop standardized vaccine passports speeds ahead, we take a look at how these certifications are taking shape. Vaccine ...
Lifestyle

Smile for the camera: How biometrics are changing border crossing

Spurred by COVID-19 and an urge to restore global mobility, contactless biometric immigration channels are emerging as the gold standard for border ...
Policy & Regulations

Global Reset: COVID-19 has unleashed a new wave of migration

The pandemic has been a significant disruptor on multiple levels, displacing millions and inspiring many more to reconsider dual citizenship. Conflict and ...