As I argued in my previous post, I have a problem with the way Passport Index ranks the ‘power’ of passports. Passport Index practically counts each and every country as equal and ranks the passports based on how many visa-free travel opportunities they provide. However, I believe a better measurement of passport power requires two more dimensions:
- Desirability: Do I really want to go to a country that does not require a visa?
- Exclusivity: Do I get a visa-free travel because my passport is powerful or because the receiving country has very ‘relaxed’ visa regulations?
Finally, I found a dataset that has 189 countries (dataset belongs to Lawson & Lemke) and combined it with World Bank’s international tourism arrival numbers. Guess who has the most powerful passport?