Visa-Freedom Has Causal Effect on Democracy Score, But Not on GDP, Researchers Find

Using retrogression analysis, PhD candidates in Political Science Ömer Zarpli and Uğur Altundal of, respectively, the University of Pittsburgh and Syracuse University have measured the effect of visa-freedom scores on democracy scores and GDP. Their findings point to a causal link – not just a correlation – between visa-freedom and democracy scores as measured by

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Vanuatu and China Close to Visa-Waiver Agreement, Vanuatu PM Tells Media

Prime Minister Charlot Salwai of Vanuatu has told local media that his countrymen will soon be able to visit China without a visa, and vice versa, according to reports in the Daily Post. The PM said citizens of both China and Vanuatu would “soon” be able to visit each others’ countries without arranging a visa

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The First Passport to Offer Worldwide Visa-Free Travel

With visa-free access to 84% of the world, the Japanese passport is now the world’s most powerful. Could we soon see a time where some passports reach 100%? Christian NesheimEditor   The Japanese can visit no less than 190 out of 226 countries and territories, according to the Henley & Partners Passport Index, making their

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Dominica to Become 4th CIP-Country With Visa-Free Travel to Russia

The Russian government has endorsed a visa-waiver agreement with the Commonwealth of Dominica that will allow Russian and Dominican citizens to visit each other’s countries for up to three months at a time, reports TASS. “The draft agreement waives visas for holders of Russian passports valid abroad, including diplomatic and service passports, and citizens of

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Dominica to Get Visa-Free Access to Russia, UAE, Possibly China, Says PM Skerrit

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica says his country is in the final stages of clinching a visa-waiver agreement with both Russia and the UAE, and is actively engaged in negotiations for a similar agreement with China. “We are in advanced stages of negotiations with the authority of the UAE; we had been given the approval

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Changes Coming to Greek Golden Visa Investment Options – No Longer Just Real Estate

Greek Minister of Economy and Development, Yannis Dragasakis, revealed this week that his office is preparing legislation that will widen the choice of investment types available to applicants under the Greek Golden Visa program, for which real estate is currently the only eligible investment category. An expansion of the investment selection has been on the

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Singapore and Japan Knock Germany off Top-Spot in the Henley Passport Index

Press release via Henley & Partners: Japan and Singapore have knocked Germany off the top spot of the Henley Passport Index, with citizens of both Asian nations now enjoying visa-free access to a record 180 destinations. The German passport has topped the travel freedom index — updated in real-time as visa-policy changes come into effect —

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Visa-Waiving Goodbye to Travel Restrictions – UAE Scores Visa-Free Travel to China

Over the last decade, no citizenship has improved in quality faster than that of the United Arab Emirates. Yesterday, it added another major feather to its cap. According to the Henley & Partners Passport Index – which, while currently inundated with fierce competitors, is the only ranking that has been tracking the value and quality

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Antigua PM Calls Trudeau’s Bluff: Asks Canada to Specify CIP Flaws, Reinstate Visa-Free Policy

During a town hall meeting last week, Canadian premier Justin Trudeau said his government would reconsider allowing visa-free access to citizens of Antigua & Barbuda if the CIP could show “significant improvements” to its vetting standards. The statement was noteworthy chiefly for two reasons; It marked the first time Canada had admitted publicly that its

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Trudeau: Canada Would Reinstate Antigua’s Visa-Free Access if CIP “Significantly Improves”

Speaking at a town hall meeting in Toronto this week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the audience that his government would consider lifting visa requirements for citizens of Antigua and Barbuda, subject to “significant improvements” to the country’s Citizenship by Investment Programme, according to a story in Antigua News Room. “We will always ensure

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Pressed by EU, Canada Grants Visa-Free Travel to Bulgaria and Romania

Canada will hand a major boost to the value of Bulgarian and Romanian citizenship on December 1st this year, when passport holders of the latter two countries will at last be able to travel to the former on an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), a privilege long enjoyed by other EU citizens, reports passportindex.com. The early

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Visa-Waiver Week Continues: Saint Lucia and Vanuatu Both Sign Agreements With UAE

The latest in a flurry of visa-free dealmaking activity resulting from the United Nations General Assembly this week, both Saint Lucia and Vanuatu have now signed mutual travel-freedom agreements with the United Arab Emirates, according to an article in Emirati newspaper Ahlan. Earlier this week, Saint Kitts signed similar agreements with Russia and Indonesia and signaled

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Saint Kitts Signs Visa-Waiver Agreement With Indonesia, Laos Up Next

It’s been a great week for travel freedom. Talks on the so-called “sidelines” during the ongoing United Nations General Assembly in New York have yielded a number of new visa-waiver agreements, and both Saint Kitts & Nevis and Grenada signed such deals with Russia earlier this week. Saint Kitts & Nevis, in particular, appears to be

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Grenada and Saint Kitts Sign Visa-free Travel Agreement With Russia

During talks on the sidelines of the ongoing United Nations General Assembly, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergei Lavrov, and his Grenadian counterpart Alvin Nimrod, signed an agreement to allow for mutual visa-free travel between their respective countries. Later the same day, Saint Kitts and Nevis also signed such an agreement with Russia, according to

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Canada Revokes Antigua & Barbuda’s Visa-Free Privilege

BREAKING: Effective immediately, Canada reinstates visa requirements for citizens of Antigua and Barbuda. Via Antigua Observer: “The Government of Antigua and Barbuda regrets that it has to inform that the Government of Canada has decided to end visa-free travel for citizens of Antigua and Barbuda.  This decision relates to concerns over persons who obtain passports under

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