BRACE YOURSELF FOR A WEAK US PASSPORT

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THE U.S. PASSPORT HAS SLIPPED FROM BEING THE MOST POWERFUL IN 2014 TO HAVING 15 COUNTRIES AHEAD OF IT IN 2020 — AND THAT DOESNT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE RECENT TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS. These limitations can be painful for Americans, many of whom have never experienced them before, says Dimitry Kochenov, chair of European constitutional law and citizenship at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Kochenov is also co-creator of the Quality of Nationality Index, which looks at the benefits different citizenships bring, and is the author of the recently published book Citizenship. “They’ve been confronted with this reality that is well-known for holders of most other passports around the world,” he says.

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE

The pandemic has made things worse, but the decline of the U.S. passport began earlier.

  • More and more nations are restricting access to U.S. citizens because of America’s handling of the pandemic.
  • The slide began before the crisis, though, because of the U.S.’ own changing policies toward the world — and that’s set to continue even after the pandemic is over.

Moments after their private jet landed in Sardinia in July, five passengers from Colorado were turned away from the Mediterranean island. In Canada, two Americans were heavily fined for not adhering to their northern neighbor’s entry restrictions. And in Mexico, governors are asking the central government to ensure tighter restrictions along the U.S. border to stop Americans from entering. 

By now, it’s almost a meme — the U.S. may be the world’s most powerful nation, but thanks to Washington’s bungled handling of the coronavirus pandemic, many countries don’t want American visitors. The European Union left the U.S. off a list of countries whose residents can visit Europe again, and the Bahamas has also banned American travelers. 

Look deeper, though, and you’ll see that the problem is even graver, according to the Henley Passport Index, which compares the strengths of different passports computed in terms of the number of countries that allow visa-free travel to holders of that passport. The latest rankings, released in July, show that:

THE U.S. PASSPORT HAS SLIPPED FROM BEING THE MOST POWERFUL IN 2014 TO HAVING 15 COUNTRIES AHEAD OF IT IN 2020 — AND THAT DOESNT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE RECENT TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS.

In other words, even without the pandemic, the privilege of a U.S. passport, often considered a golden ticket to visa-free travel in much of the world, has been fading. The pandemic and the Trump administration’s inept handling of it are only aggravating the crisis.  

These limitations can be painful for Americans, many of whom have never experienced them before, says Dimitry Kochenov, chair of European constitutional law and citizenship at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Kochenov is also co-creator of the Quality of Nationality Index, which looks at the benefits different citizenships bring, and is the author of the recently published book Citizenship. “They’ve been confronted with this reality that is well-known for holders of most other passports around the world,” he says.

Periode5-aug-2020

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  • TitelBRACE YOURSELF FOR A WEAK US PASSPORT
    Media naam/outletozy.com
    LandNetherlands
    Release datum05/08/2020
    BeschrijvingTHE U.S. PASSPORT HAS SLIPPED FROM BEING THE MOST POWERFUL IN 2014 TO HAVING 15 COUNTRIES AHEAD OF IT IN 2020 — AND THAT DOESN’T TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE RECENT TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS. These limitations can be painful for Americans, many of whom have never experienced them before, says Dimitry Kochenov, chair of European constitutional law and citizenship at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Kochenov is also co-creator of the Quality of Nationality Index, which looks at the benefits different citizenships bring, and is the author of the recently published book Citizenship. “They’ve been confronted with this reality that is well-known for holders of most other passports around the world,” he says.
    Producent / auteurPallabi Munsi
    URLhttps://www.ozy.com/news-and-politics/brace-yourself-for-a-weak-us-passport/363659/
    PersonenDimitry Kochenov