Nordic countries have the best passports in the World
A new study looked into visa free travel freedom with 199 world passports, has found Denmark, Finland and Sweden have the strongest passports in the world.
For our study, we first extracted data from freely and publicly available visa requirements from wikipedia, using API then we processed the data using python tools and libraries. We then classified visas into three categories depending on visa restrictions and then assigned points to the PBS (Passport based scoring) model.
The PBS model we designed assigned scores based on the passport benefits below. We assigned maximum points to passports that have benefit of full visa free travel, ie. board a plane with just a passport to visit a country with zero restrictions. We then assigned soft visas reduced half point, as we see this as mild visa restriction.
These are the metrics we fed our scoring model as feature vectors.
The results predicted by our model turns out to be quite interesting
Best 10 Passports
These are the best passports in the world predicted by our scoring model.
Worst 10 Passports
These are the worst performing passports in the world at the bottom
The study has also found the free movement with passports will decline by 14% worldwide, when European Union and United Kingdom begins implementing ETAs in the future.
"As more countries impose visa restrictions on passports, sadly the freedom of traveling with just a passport is declining. In the future, everybody is required to carry eVisa or eTA in addition to passport before boarding the plane. Passports wont be good enough," said Mr. Balakrishnan who designed the PBS scoring model for passports.
The full study on passports is available here
Best Citizenships (BC)