THE 2018 STC PASSPORT INDEX
 

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The 2017 STC Passport Index ranks over 190 passports for the third year running. Unlike other rankings that only calculate the number of visa-frees destinations, we weight each destination by its popularity by international touristic arrival and the amount of time you are allowed to stay. This means that visa-free travel to France and visa-free travel to Palau do not equate to the same thing, and that permission to stay one week in a country is not the same as three months. Furthermore, our metric is not visa-free travel, but “same-day” travel, which includes visa-free, visa-on-arrival and electronic visas that take less than 24 hours to process.

We provide our ranking with two measuring sticks. The first is the score that is measured based on the number of same-day travel destinations weighted on their annual tourist arrivals and duration of stay. The second one is the star rating that gives a more precise value to key destinations in the first world and BRIC nations. The first-world countries are defined as Europe, the UK, the U.S., Canada and Australia, and the BRIC as Brazil, Russia, India and China. Our passport ranking will tell you exactly which countries’ passports enable same-day travel to any of those destinations. Non-capitalized letter means that other ways to access those countries exist, either with an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation travel-card or by a Mainland Travel Permit card (Mainland China). Furthermore, we state the possibility of dual citizenship for all the countries.

The data has been collected in fall 2016. Data includes changes to take affect at the start of 2017, but not those taking effect later during the year.

Visa Information were taken from the International Air Transport Association and in other cases, when information was not sufficient, from official government websites.

The electronic visa delivery time were taken from their relevant official government website.

Same-day Travel

Same-day travel includes all destination accessible by visa-free travel, visa-on-arrival and electronic visas with a delivery time below 24h.

Star-rating

Stars were attributed in relation to same-day travel to First World and BRIC countries.

Europe (EU): 3 stars
Canada (CA): 0.5 star
United States (US): 2 stars
United Kingdom (UK): 1 star
Australia (AU) :0.5 star
Brazil (B) :0.5 star
India (I): 0.5 star
Russia (R): 0.5 star
China (C): 1.5 star
China via APEC card (c): 0.5 star
China via MTP (c): 0.5 star

Score Points

Score points are a result of the ability to travel the same day to a given territory relative to its importance as a destination and the amount of time one is allowed to stay. The importance is based on the number of annual travelers to a given country compiled annually by UNWTO and the amount of time a traveler is allowed to stay in the jurisdiction. Same day includes visa-free travel, visa upon arrival, or same day visa. Online visa, is not deemed fast enough if it takes more than 24hours to receive.

Dual Citizenship

Elaborates on the possibility of obtaining dual citizenship. In some cases, you will need to refer to the note for more detailed explanation.

Visa Information were taken from the International Air Transport Association and in other cases, when information was not sufficient, from official government websites. https://www.timaticweb.com

The electronic visa delivery time were taken from their relevant official government website.

The number of annual travelers to a given country compiled annually by UNWTO. http://www.e-unwto.org/

Dual Citizenship information was taken from our data-base taken in turn by each country citizenship law.

List of government website http://globalresidenceindex.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Source.xlsx