Revealed: How good is your passport?

New index ranks countries with the best passports for ease of travel

The UAE has significantly risen in an index of countries with the best passports for ease of travel.

The Gulf state has climbed eight positions in the Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index, which lists countries according to how many other nations its citizens can enter without a visa.

The UAE is now ranked 56th with passport holders able to freely enter 72 countries.

It is below Kuwait, which is the highest Gulf state on the index, with 77 visa-free countries.

Qatar is ranked 57th with entry to 71 countries, followed by Bahrain at 59th (69 visa-free countries), Saudi Arabia at 64 (64 visa-free countries) and Oman in 65th (63 visa-free countries).

The Gulf states are among the highest ranking in the Arab world.

The majority of Muslim countries do not have easy access to other nations.

Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Pakistan, Palestine, Eritrea, Nepal, Sudan, Sri lanka and Lebanon make up the bottom 10, with between only 28 and 38 countries their citizens can travel to without a visa.

Syria is 12th worst and Libya is 14th worst in the index.

Finland, Sweden and the UK top the list, with visa-free access to 173 states. The US is in second place, alongside Denmark, Germany and Luxembourg.

“In today’s globalised world, visa restrictions are an important tool for governments to control the movement of foreign nationals across borders,” a statement by Henley Partners says.

“Visas are a standard requirement for most countries as certain non-nationals wish to enter their territory. At the same time, visa requirements or the lack thereof, are also an indication of the relationship between individual nations and the status of a country within the international community of nations.”

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Posted by: The Man

What about when you get in trouble in a foreign country, what country?s embassy support you better?

Posted by: Richard Boniface

A visa is required based on the risk of not respecting the agreement of visiting a country for the agreed time. In other words, the danger a requested traveller from a given country for lying on its real intention ie: to stay illegally in order to improve his/her economic situation.

Posted by: Calvin

56th out of 72 is not exactly a ranking to be proud off!

Posted by: Marc

Read the article carefully before throwing senseless comments. It is ranked 56th with the possibility to enter 72 countries without a visa, not 56th out of 72!

Posted by: mentabolism

You could have simply written an article on which nationality is better than the other! Of course, it would have been called racist.
How good is your passport??!!

Posted by: Marilyn

Where is Canada and where is the entire list?

Posted by: Jerry Yamate

Canada is located in the northernmost part of North America, directly north of the USA.

Posted by: procan

No worries Marilyn Henley and Partners are big fans of Canada and rate us as one of the worlds most desirable countries to live in.Do not put your faith in List of this type should no in your heart what you have : )

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