Canadian passport carries great power, great responsibility
FOR a long time, I have spoken out on the value of the Canadian passport.
Not only does it allow Canadians to travel freely to most countries of the world, but it is a symbol reflecting the way the rest of the world views Canada.
For people of other countries who wish to become citizens of Canada, it represents a path to freedom and an opportunity to build a better future for their children.
It is one of our most valuable documents, which informs others of the values we hold as a nation. With it we are welcomed as visitors to almost any nation we choose to visit.
In most instances we can visit those countries without the need of applying for an entry visa weeks or months in advance. But how do we rank against other counties around the world?
Are we really the best-received holders of passports, or do we rank far behind?
Henley & Partners is an international residence- and citizenship-planning consulting firm that measures such criteria annually. The goal, one of its executives said, is to “provide an indication of the relationship between individual nations and the status of a country within the international community of nations.”
This information is valuable because it leads to policies, as the company spokesperson underscored, “to establish visa restrictions that are an important tool for governments to control the movement of foreign nationals across borders.”
The most recent report, which reflected information gathered on behalf of the International Air Transport Association, had Canada ranked reasonably high in the measurement criteria — but not the best of the best.
Citizens of Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom can freely enter 173 countries without the need of applying for what are usually costly visas.
The United States has a score of 172,
If you plan to visit Croatia, your passport must be valid for three months beyond your expected departure.