Starting at 9 a.m. (ET) on December 1, 2017, Bulgarian and Romanian passport holders will be able to travel to Canada visa-free. However, similar to other visa-exempt travelers, they would need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to board a flight to Canada. Applying for an eTA is a simple, inexpensive online
Paraguay helps Singapore overtake Germany for the top spot. Montreal, October 24, 2017 – Paraguay removed visa requirements for Singaporeans, propelling Singapore’s passport to the top of Passport Index’ most powerful ranking with a visa-free score of 159. Historically, the Top 10 most powerful passports in the world were mostly European, with
UAE Passport Force initiative aims high for 2021. Dubai, August 29, 2017 - At a ceremony, the government of the UAE accepted a certificate bestowed by the Passport Index, in recognition for being the most powerful passport in the GCC. UAE passport holders enjoy a visa-free score of 127, which places
Europe is shaking under the engine noises from the 2017 Gumball 3000 race which started on July 1st in Riga, Latvia. The annual Gumball supercar race this year goes all the way to Mykonos, through Warsaw, Budapest, Porto Montenegro (where a lavish pit stop awaits), Dubrovnik, Tirana and Athens. Until
The government of Canada has revoked visa-free access for citizens of Antigua & Barbuda effective June 27th, 2017. In a media note, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada stated that after monitoring the integrity of the island nation’s travel documents, the government has determined that Antigua & Barbuda no longer meets
The past few weeks have been trying for the small Middle Eastern country of Qatar. Several weeks ago Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and other of its neighbours announced a severing of diplomatic ties with Qatar, creating a rift in the Gulf Cooperation Council. Qatar’s neighbours have placed an embargo on
In a historic decision, Benin is the latest African nation to grant visa-free access to all other African countries. It joins Seychelles in opening its doors to its neighbours. Prior to the visa waiver only nationals of Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia,
The 2017 Global Peace Index provides a comprehensive analysis of the world’s state of peace. Produced by the Institute for Economics & Peace, the index also seeks to identify methods to create more peaceful societies. This year’s index, the 11th edition, has found that though the world became more peaceful in
Electronic passports are always including more and more sophisticated security features in their designs in order to ward off potential counterfeiters, fraudsters and impostors. Of course, this is a very good thing. Here, Passport Index takes a look at the various security features of modern passports. Holograms Holographic images are a
Ever wonder who is responsible for printing your country’s passport? Below we’ve compiled a list of every country in the world and its respective passport printer. Passport printing is a high stakes job and only the most secure companies and facilities are up to the task. Many security features go into a
The past few weeks have been trying for the small Middle Eastern country of Qatar. Several weeks ago Saudi Arabia,
Effective April 16, 2017, Singapore is tied with Germany for first place in the Global Passport Power Rank 2017. Ukraine
The global security landscape has changed. The increased threat of terrorism, the universal problem of identity theft, and fraud have
The new-look travel document features images of iconic Irish landmarks including Croagh Patrick, Kylemore Abbey, Croke Park, the Cliffs of
Arton Capital launches the 2016 edition of the Passport Index, the world’s most popular interactive tool to curate, sort and
Saint Lucians will no longer need a visa to travel to European Union (EU) countries, effective May 28, 2015.
According to a report published by the Iranian media, citizens of Turkey, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Bolivia, Egypt and Syria can
Orlando International Airport is the first U.S. airport to add facial recognition to its automated passport control (APC) kiosks.
Passport Index official video 2016
The ‘Most Beautiful Passports in the World’ as per the author of this blog, includes passports from: Norway, Indonesia,
Here are some of the more beautiful, fun, and surprising passports around the world.
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