Travel restrictions are easing across the world, which means one thing: it’s time to dust off your passport and collect some new stamps. But, as the Global Passport Rankings reveal, the passport you hold could play a major role in your next trip.
Tuesday, Passport index, the real-time interactive resource for individuals and government agencies seeking information on global mobility, announced its third quarter ranking of passport power. According to the company, the United States was one of the biggest winners in the rankings, dropping 16 places from 19th place in December 2020 to 3rd place today.
“It’s safe to say that the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic is behind us, as we see more and more more countries open their borders safely ”, Armand Arton, founder and president of Arton Capital, the creator of The Passport Index, shared in a statement. “Innovations are often born in times of crisis and we are starting to see this happening in the travel industry as well, as the future of travel is very different from before the pandemic. ”
But who won first place? This would be New Zealand, closely followed by Germany, Spain and Australia tied for second. Overall, the index saw a 6.5% increase in the global mobility of passport holders across the 193 UN members and six selected territories it measures.
As for the operation of the Passport Index and the Global Mobility Score, the company explains that it is based on a a whole lot of data you don’t have to worry about it, but it really boils down to two key figures: the number of countries for which a passport allows visa-free entry and the number for which it can obtain a visa on arrival. For example, New Zealand passport holders can enter 92 countries visa-free and obtain visas upon arrival in 44 others. This means they have a total score of 136. The United States is in third place with a score of 134. Along with Finland, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Ireland , Japan, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates.
“The Passport Index is more than just a ranking tool,” explained Hrant Boghossian, vice president of marketing at Arton Capital. “The Passport Index data engine can reflect temporary and often disruptive geopolitical or pandemic travel restrictions in real time. ”
As for the last places, these belong to Somalia, whose passport holders came in 80th place with a total score of 34, followed by Syria with a score of 32, Iraq with a score of 31, from Afghanistan with a total score of 30.. Check full list and where each passport is located here.