Good news for everyone planning to escape the snow this holiday season! The US passport is officially ranked #2 in its power. So, time to go bathing suit shopping.
The Global Passport Index ranks every passport in the world according to how freely a country's citizens are allowed to travel around the world. Basically, the fewer countries you can visit without needing a visa, the more powerful the passport.
So, how powerful is the American passport? It has a what they call a visa-free score of 164. To put that into perspective, the countries in the top spot have a score just one point higher.
The power of the US passport consistently ranks high — earlier this year it was ranked 4th. Currently, the only two countries in the world ranked at number one are Singapore and Germany. While there are other countries that tie the US for number two, including Sweden, Spain, and Norway, the United States ranks higher than other G8 countries such the United Kingdom and Canada.
In the Passport Index chart above, the light brown bar indicates the number of countries and regions Americans can travel without any visa and, the dark brown, the number that requires a visa on arrival. Finally, the red indicates the number of countries that require a visa arranged ahead of time. For Americans, there are only 34 countries that require a prearranged visa.
This biggest recent jump on the list is the United Arab Emirates. This is due to the country's quick efforts to sign travel agreements with many countries including Mexico.
Among the lowest ranked countries in the world are Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.
On Sunday morning, May 16, Pastor Henry Hildebrandt led a service outside of the church at 10:30 a.m. The Church of God at Aylmer posted on Facebook the building "may be locked, but our God deserves all honour, glory, and praise."
A live stream was posted to YouTube and its Facebook page, which CBC News reports had 200 to 250 churchgoers present at the service without masks. In a court ruling on Friday, Ontario Superior Court Justice Bruce Thomas instructed that the church remain closed until the provincial government permits public indoor gatherings at a 30% occupancy rate.
Pastor Hildebrandt apparently commented on the locked doors during his sermon, saying that churchgoers are at the service today "because we have the authority of God on our side."
David Musyj, CEO of Windsor Regional Hospital, reached out to the Public Health Agency of Canada to push for the ability for residents to travel to Detroit, MI, to receive a vaccine dose, or to have excess vaccinations be sent up to Windsor.
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In an email sent to Narcity, Musyj confirmed anyone who travels to the U.S. for a vaccine may not have to quarantine for 14 days when they return as it is considered an "essential medical service or treatment."
PHAC wrote to Musyj saying travellers must provide certain documentation to border control when crossing.
Written evidence from a licensed Canadian healthcare practitioner that states medical services or treatments outside of the country are essential is required. A traveller also needs written evidence from a licensed health care practitioner in the U.S. to verify these services are able to be provided.
Anyone travelling to the U.S. for a vaccine must also ride in a private vehicle, have a vaccination appointment, and cannot stop for any other reason.
According to CTV News, Mayor Drew Dilkens proposed a motion at the city's council meeting Monday, May 17, asking the federal and provincial governments to work with public health officials in Detroit. He wants them to allow Windsor-Essex residents to "take advantage of numerous offers from U.S. officials to make surplus vaccines available to Canadians without a requirement to quarantine."
Mayor Dilkens is hoping Windsorites can have a "fully vaccinated" summer, instead of the one-dose summer that has been promised by the federal government.