A Taiwanese-born New Zealander has had his passport photo rejected by his own government due to “closed eyes”.
When traveling abroad, no matter where you’re going it’s a good idea to take a few extra precautions. You never know when your destination will present the danger of finding yourself in the middle of a gang fight, falling out of the restaurant or, well, being in North Korea.
There’s one more source of danger you may not have considered: your beloved toddler. A 42-year-old resident of Shenyang, China was enjoying a visit to South Korea recently when his four-year-old son struck, making further travel all the more difficult.
The enormous near-symmetrical mountain has come to be known as a symbol of Japan, and the sight of it standing tall on a clear day is nothing short of spectacular. Up close, Mount Fuji is nowhere near as picturesque and is a rather unattractive mass of dark grey rock and ash, but from a couple of kilometres away there’s no denying that it has a certain majesty about it, and even native Japanese whip out their phones to take a snap of the notoriously shy mountain whenever they have the chance.
So what better way to show your love of Japan than by slipping your passport into a unique Mount Fuji passport case?
It turns out that not all passports are created equal…
International residence and citizenship experts Henley & Partners released a report earlier this month detailing for the first time the level of ease with which people of various countries are able to travel around the globe, and what restrictions they face during their time abroad.
The more fortunate among us are undoubtedly well aware that, with a valid passport, they are relatively free to travel wherever they like, and can in some cases remain in a foreign country for months at a time without acquiring any kind of paperwork or additional visa approval. But there are also many countries out there whose governments require citizens to jump through a series of hoops before allowing them to leave the country for so much as a weekend, and even then their entry to another country is not always guaranteed.
Henley & Partners’ Visa Restriction Index ranks countries based on how easy it is for their citizens to travel around the globe, essentially providing a numerical value to any given country’s passport. After comparing everything from socio-economic factors to political relations between countries, each country is awarded a score, reflecting just how free to travel and enter other countries its people are; in a word: passport power. Read More