VisaGuide.World Passport Index
The VisaGuide.World, a Global Passport Index, a mechanism for assessing the strength of passports from 199 nations and territories based on a number of different criteria. The Global Passport Index is a grading system for passports that gives each one a specific score using a measure known as the Destination Significance Score (DSS). What makes VisaGuide unique? The feature that makes the World’s Passport Index unique is that no two passports are ranked equally. This is made feasible by using our proprietary Destination Significance Score (DSS), a weighted average of several variables that gives each passport a special value.
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We give each vacation location a score that we refer to as the Destination Significance Score (DSS) in order to arrive at a distinct ranking. Each location receives a distinct DSS value depending on its entrance requirements for passports, GDP, Power Index, Tourist Index, and Human Development Index (HDI), among other things. The DSS is increased by the amount of the visa fee required by the country of travel for the chosen passport holders.
In estimates, different factors are taken into account the following entrance or visa regulations:
- No-Visa Travel. The DSS is increased by one if a country’s passport holders are not obliged to obtain a visa.
- Travel authorization using electronic means.
- If passport holders may acquire an electronic travel authorization, the DSS is also multiplied by (ETA).
- Arrival-based visas. The DSS is increased by 0.8 for nations where a visa is required upon arrival.
- The DSS is increased by 0.3 for destinations where passport holders must apply for an electronic visa (e-Visa) before leaving.
- Visas authorized by the government or an embassy.
- A score with a value will be assigned if passport holders must apply for a visa at an embassy or any other type of pre-departure government-approved authorization.
- Visa-free travel. Passport holders may enter a nation without a passport if they multiply the DSS by 1.01.
- Entrance Prohibited. The DSS is increased by -0.5 in cases when a passport bearer is denied entry.
- Due to the fact that every destination country has a distinct DSS, travelling visa-free to a place with a higher DSS offers the chosen passport a higher value than doing so for a place with a lower DSS. As a result, each passport receives a higher ranking.
Presumptions for the Passport
The following requirements must be met in order for the VisaGuide.World Passport Index to be applicable:
- The passport is valid during the time of travel, with the remainder of its validity determined by the country of destination.
- The document is a standard passport (not a diplomatic, service, military, or another type of passport).
- The passport bearer is traveling for brief periods of time (for tourism, business, etc.), as long as the destination country permits.
- All additional conditions set by the country of destination have already been satisfied by the passport bearer (e.g., paying for an ETA, booking a hotel, providing proof of sufficient funds, vaccinations, etc.).
- The passport bearer will enter and exit through the designated entry points only (if such a requirement is imposed.)
Contributed by Sanal Pillai
Edited by Imtiaz Ullah