Jamaica & the 2014 Visa Restrictions Index
Nationals of Jamaica currently enjoy visa free travel to some 77 countries around the world. While this may seem like a large number, many of the countries in which Jamaica has free free access tends to me within central and South America, the Caribbean and parts of Africa. Indeed, the map pictured above is a telling portrait of the extraordinary visa restrictions placed on Jamaicans by other nations.
Singapore leads the way in terms of the ability to travel unrestricted to other parts of the world. Singaporeans are allowed visa free access to 167 of the 219 countries surveyed. This is followed by countries of Scandinavia, the United States and nations of West Europe, as well as New Zealand and Australia. The countries that allow each other free reign within each other’s borders are largely Western, highly industrialized wealthy economies. For example, nationals of the United States, Canada, many countries in Europe; some Asian countries such as Japan, Singapore; as well as Australia, New Zealand can all travel visa free anywhere in the world.For details, see the 2014 Visa Restrictions Index report here –> http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/more-singapore-stories/story/which-passports-are-most-accepted-around-the-world-20140
It is worthy of note that European countries irrespective of status, for the most part, have less restrictions among themselves. It is really about ease of assimilation, taking many shared factors into consideration. European countries also have many multilateral agreements that necessitate ease of travel for their citizens. Powerful nations also create border restrictions on societies with high levels of crime, corruption. and severely underdeveloped economies. The UK institution of visa rules was also as part of a wider crackdown on crime such as drug trafficking. Indeed, it is to be noted that although Commonwealth countries allow each other visa free access, it is noted that the highly inidustrialised strong economies that are part of the Commonwealth – New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom DO NOT allow visa-free access to less developed nations such as those of the Caribbean and Africa.
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