On Monday, the Passport Index has issued the latest ranking in which New Zealand has been ranked as the “most powerful” travel document in the world.
Out of several indices, the Passport Index is the one that measures the amount of visa-free world travel. It looks at the 193 countries, members of the United Nations, and six other territories.
To rank a country, different factors are measured including a mobility score, visa requirements, electronic travel authorization, and a world openness score.
New Zealand during the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year currently has visa-free access or visa on arrival to 129 countries and regions. The countries have increased from 80. However, New Zealand was providing visas to 169 countries in the previous year.
Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Ireland, South Korea, and Australia’s passport is among the top 10 rankings besides New Zealand and Japan.
On the other hand, the Pakistani passport is at the 70th position. According to the details provided by the Passport Index, eight countries give visa-free access to Pakistani passport holders and 30 countries give visas on entry.
The US passport has lost its rankings to the 21st place because of its mishandling the novel COVID-19 pandemic.
It should be mentioned here that in 2014, the Passport Index was launched by Arton Capital, a financial services firm with its head office in Montreal, Canada.