New platform updates as pandemic causes travel chaos.
Amidst the global health crisis that crippled global travel, Passport Index, the leading mobility intelligence platform which measures the state of global mobility in real-time, has recently launched new updates.
Currently, travel is chaos. Global mobility has reached an all-time low. And continuous changes with visa regulations have blurred all the information surrounding travel restrictions.
With the constant backlash of misleading, contradicting and outdated data, Passport Index innovated with updates that offer global visitors clear and real-time information on the right of travel.
Whether visitors are looking for visa requirements, updates with their passport rankings, or searching for updates for renewed regulations relating to travel and tourism, now each country’s passport has its own Dashboard; consolidating all the relevant and recent information into one structured page.
“The Passport Dashboard is visually stunning. Everything you need to know about the country’s passport in a single page,” states a recent online review.
With the one-stop overview of a country’s passport data, the new and enhanced Passport Index user experience offers visitors a chance to discover the passport’s historical global mobility score, dating back to 2015 and more drastically pre- and post-Covid data.
Pre- and post-Covid passport rankings
Despite the high volatility of passport power throughout the past year, Passport Index has updated passport rankings in real-time, displaying the true effect of the pandemic on passport rankings.
The data is clear: with temporary travel bans and visa restrictions, many countries that once held a powerful passport, are now ranking amongst the lowest in the world.
World Openness Score climbs back
Through another lens, Passport Index shows the clear influence of the pandemic with its World Openness Score (WOS), the benchmark of open travel between countries.
Since its inception in 2015, the WOS has continued to increase at an average rate of 6% per year, reaching an all-time world openness of 54% back in December 2019.
Once the pandemic hit — although active visa agreements were not changed, temporary entry bans and border closures resulted in a staggering decrease in the WOS, dropping 65% within weeks.
But what goes down, must come up as they say. Currently, as countries lift their travel bans and reencourage visa-free travel, the WOS is showing a promising rise of 15%.