The pandemic revealed a disconnect when it comes to reliable, timely visa intelligence. But the Passport Index fills the void as a centralized source of updated visa requirements.
During the pandemic, borders opened and closed by the hour. Visa restrictions fluctuated by the minute. And in the wake of ever-shifting policies, tens of thousands of travelers found themselves stranded all over the world, from the Maldives to India to Denmark. Suddenly, up-to-date travel intelligence became more crucial than ever as countries deployed hyper-localized crisis management strategies.
But without one centralized data source, many did not know where to turn for reliable, up-to-date information. The answers vary widely, depending on the source – quick Google scan, government websites, airlines, consulates or third-party operators – leaving passengers even more confused and frustrated. This ongoing disarray and disruption have only underscored a serious need – and desire – for one single, definitive source of real-time visa and mobility intelligence.
That’s why Passport Index and its innovative Passport Index Mobile App have become travel essentials for anyone taking to the skies again during or after the pandemic. Offering a unique and secure place to hold your passport data, the app calculates your Global Mobility Score, based on the passports you hold; recommends the best travel document for each destination; provides real-time visa requirement updates; tracks your trips; and much more.
“Real-time data is going to be key when it comes to getting the world back to normal,” says Armand Arton, the Founder and President of Arton Capital. “Even in the past few weeks, many governments have stopped letting UK nationals in and the websites of many travel authorities still don’t reflect that … Timing is everything. And without real-time updates and accurate resources, travelers will not feel confident.”
The app is particularly powerful for those who own multiple passports, from business leaders to multinational families. Essentially, users can choose a preferred passport to travel with, based on their destination and the associated visa requirements. In this way, the Passport Index enables smarter, safer and more personalized travel – enhancing one’s freedom of movement through data. “Within a month of launching The Passport Index, the website crashed because we had over a million visitors,” recalls Arton.
“Back then, it was originally built as an internal tool for our team and our clients, but the enthusiasm showed us how much people wanted this personalized, informative tool. Today, and in the years ahead, this is exactly what people want: a frictionless approach to travel.”
Having access to such services and data at your fingertips not only makes travel more convenient, but it also enhances personal safety, saves money, alleviates pain points and instills confidence. “When the world begins to recover, we will see a greater focus on improving travel – how hotels, airlines, governments can offer a smoother, faster and more reliable experience after so much disruption and uncertainty,” says Arton.
“Real-time data will not only be a key ingredient to streamlining this experience, but it will also be essential to a frictionless global recovery.”