The lifting of the travel restriction has strengthened passports. India had to cease all international flights when the coronavirus pandemic started in March 2020 to stop COVID-19 from spreading

FREMONT, CA: Japan, Singapore, and South Korea now hold the most powerful passports as the world recovers from COVID-19, reversing the pre-pandemic rankings that were dominated by European nations. A Japanese passport offers hassle-free travel to 193 countries, one more than passports from Singapore and South Korea.

APAC countries’ passports have become more powerful as a result of the easing of travel bans. According to the Henley Passport Index's most recent findings, which are based on exclusive and verified data from the International Air Transport Association, passport holders with the greatest global access are currently the most constrained and reluctant to take advantage of their freedom to travel (IATA).

According to IATA's most recent statistics, international passenger demand in the Asia-Pacific region has only reached 17 per cent of pre-Covid levels, having lingered below 10 per cent for the majority of the past two years, despite the unparalleled and unprecedented global access granted to the citizens of the three Asian countries like Japan, Singapore, and South Korea for index's 17-year history. This number remains well behind the worldwide trend, as markets in North America and Europe have returned to roughly 60 per cent of pre-crisis levels of travel mobility.

Migration from South Asia and East Africa is a major source of the workforce in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) oil-producing nations. Remittances to families of international migrant workers in the GCC states are no longer available because so many of them have returned to their home nations. Since one in nine people worldwide depends on remittances sent by migrant workers, COVID-19 has an impact on migrant families and communities in terms of remittance-supported nutrition, health, education, and income, which may result in potential setbacks in progress made on several UN SDGs.