Frequently Asked Questions
What is Mobility Score and how is it calculated?
Mobility Score (MS) is the total number of countries that can be easily accessed with a given passport. It is a calculated total based on Visa-free, Visa-on-arrival, eTA, and eVisa issued within 3 days.
For example: If your passport allows you to travel to 32 countries Visa-free, 12 countries with a Visa-on-arrival, 2 countries with an Electronic Travel Authorizations (eTA) and 9 countries with an Electronic Visa that is issued within 3 days (eVisa), then your Mobility Score would be: 32+12+2+9 = 55. You can seamlessly travel to 55 countries with your passport.
What is Personal Mobility Score and how is it calculated?
Personal Mobility Score (PMS) is the total number of countries that can be easily accessed with all of your passports. It is calculated by adding the individual Mobility Scores of each of your passports, minus the overlapping countries. You can find out how to improve your current PMS by adding a second or third passport.
For example: If your primary passport is from Lebanon with a MS of 55, and your second passport is from Canada with a MS of 169, it will add 118 more countries to your Personal Mobility Score which will be 173 (55+118) and not 224 (55+169). See your current and/or potential Personal Mobility Score here.
Do I need to check visa requirements before traveling to a foreign country?
Yes, it is important to ensure that you meet the visa requirements prior to booking any international travel. In some cases, where you will need a visa to travel, the process could be lengthy and take up to several months to be approved. Although our data is reliable and up-to-date, please confirm actual visa policies with an embassy before your travel.
What is Visa-free?
Visa-free means that your passport allows you to travel to the destination country without needing a travel visa. It is still important to have your passport and/or identity card present, and valid for a minimum of 6 months prior to expiry.
What is eTA?
Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is an entry requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals and is linked to a traveler’s passport. Applying for an eTA is a simple online process, usually with same-day processing.
What is eVisa?
Electronic Visa (eVisa) is a visa that is obtained online. In the Passport Index database, there are two types of eVisas based on the application requirements and process time. Certain eVisas (blue) are a simple online visa form, while other eVisas (red) require a more complex procedure.
What is the difference between the blue eVisa and the red eVisa?
The blue eVisa is a simplified online visa application that counts under the Mobility Score since it requires a minimal process and is issued within 3 days. However, the red eVisa counts under Visa-required since it is a digital alternative to the conventional visa that is obtained by an embassy, and requires a much more complicated process.
What is the Passport Power Rank and how is it calculated?
Passport Power Rank is based on the passport Mobility Score. The higher the Mobility Score (MS), the better the Passport Power Rank. Passports sharing the same MS have the same Passport Power Rank.
What is the Individual Passport Power Rank and how is it calculated?
The Individual Passport Power Rank is based on both the Mobility Score and United Nations Development Programme's Human Development Index (UNDP HDI). The higher the Mobility Score (MS), the better the Individual Passport Power Rank (IPPR). Passports sharing the same MS are then ranked based on the highest UNDP HDI index.
What is the Welcoming Score of a country?
The Welcoming Score determines how many passports can enter the country visa-free, visa-on-arrival, eTA or eVisa (blue). The more passports welcomed into the country, the higher the Welcoming Score.
How accurate is your database?
All data is based on official information provided by governments, updated in real-time with intelligence obtained through crowdsourcing and enhanced with proprietary research from highly credible sources.
How can I contribute?
Our platform thrives on users and contributions from around the world. If you are interested in contributing, send us an email to [email protected]. Your name will be fully credited, unless you wish to remain anonymous and your privacy is guaranteed.
The photo quality of my passport cover is poor. Can I send a better version?
Yes, you may send us a high-quality photo of your passport cover to: [email protected].
Are you open to new ideas and collaborations?
Absolutely! We are committed to always offer fresh ideas and are consistently looking for the most creative ways to engage our community.
Can I use your data and how do I cite you correctly?
Passport Index data can be used for research purposes only by academia, but permission to do so must be requested prior to its use. Conventional rules on citing your source apply as follows: Passport Index, accessed DD MM YYYY, <www.passportindex.org>.
Do you have a mobile app?
Yes, we are offering mobile app access to the Passport Index platform on both iOS and Android. We also have a dedicated Visa Checker App for quick access to our data, available to Android users.