As security concerns grow, visas are becoming more and more necessary when travelling out of the country. With the changing rules, knowing where you need a visa to travel to and where you don’t can be a bit challenging. Passport Index is a website that can help.
The site claims it updates its information in real-time and will let you know what you might need to travel to a different country with your passport, no matter where your passport originated. It has a database of all of the passports in the world and offers travel information for them as well as a global ranking of passports.
Passport Index also offers suggestions on how you can improve your Global Mobility Score by obtaining an additional passport (presuming that’s something available to you).
The site’s passports index allows you to sort passports by country, region, location on a map, or colour, and then compare them side-by-side to each other as well as how welcoming countries are by destination.
For instance, the United Arab Emirates actually has the most powerful passport in the world with a Visa-Free Score on the site of 168. In comparison, Afghanistan is pulling up the rear in last place with a score of 30.
The United States has a Visa-Free score of 165, putting in a tier with Ireland, Japan, Norway, and France as the 4th most powerful passports out there, based on their visa-free score.
If you’re a frequent traveller, and especially if you consider yourself a “global citizen,” the database can be fun to look through. And even if you aren’t, it can be useful when you’re planning that next trip and need to figure out where your passport can take you.