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Revealed: the best and worst passports for travelers

Global rankings are based on the total number of other countries where holders get visa-free access

Revealed: the best and worst passports for travelers

This month say the release of the latest annual Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index, which gives an insight into the development of visa policies over the past year.

The index said the world's most powerful passports were now issued in the UK and Germany, with Finland, Sweden and the US all dropping to second place.

Sierra Leone saw the biggest drop, losing 24 places, while the four worst passports in the world were named as Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and Pakistan.

Marco Gantenbein, managing partner of Henley & Partners in Dubai said: "Although the world is becoming ever more globalised, there remains a huge disparity in levels of travel freedom between countries.

"Visa requirements define and shape individuals' ability to travel across borders. They also reflect strongly on each country's relationships with others, and will take into account diplomatic relationships between the countries, reciprocal visa arrangements, security risks, and the risks of visa and immigration rules violations."

Below is a full list of the best and worst passports, according to the latest index. Countries are ranked according to the total number of other countries which holders can get visa-free access. Hence, Germany and the UK, who have the joint highest score with visa-free access to 173 countries, rank in first place.

Rank – Citizenship/Passport – Score for number of countries holders can get visa-free access:

1 - Germany - 173

1 - United - Kingdom - 173

2 - Finland - 172

2 - Sweden - 172

2 - USA - 172

3 - Denmark - 171

3 - France - 171

3 - Italy - 171

3 - Japan - 171

3 - Korea - (Republic of South) - 171

3 - Luxembourg - 171

3 - Netherlands - 171

3 - Norway - 171

4 - Belgium - 170

4 - Canada - 170

4 - New Zealand - 170

4 - Portugal - 170

4 - Spain - 170

5 - Austria - 169

5 - Ireland - 169

5 - Singapore - 169

5 - Switzerland - 169

6 - Australia - 168

7 - Greece - 167

7 - Malta - 167

8 - Iceland - 164

8 - Czech Republic - 164

9 - Malaysia - 163

9 - Hungary - 163

10 - Slovakia - 162

11 - Liechtenstein - 161

11 - Slovenia - 161

12 - Latvia - 160

13 - Lithuania - 159

13 - Estonia - 159

14 - Poland - 158

14 - Cyprus - 158

15 - San Marino - 153

16 - Hong Kong - (SAR China) - 152

17 - Monaco - 151

18 - Argentina - 150

18 - Brunei Darussalam - 150

18 - Chile - 150

18 - Bulgaria - 150

19 - Andorra - 149

19 - Romania - 149

20 - Brazil - 148

21 - Israel - 145

22 - Croatia - 142

23 - Bahamas - 139

24 - Barbados - 138

25 - Uruguay - 134

26 - Antigua and Barbuda - 133

26 - Mexico - 133

27 - St. Kitts and Nevis - 131

28 - Chinese Taipei - (Taiwan) - 129

28 - Seychelles - 129

28 - Venezuela - 129

29 - Vatican City - 128

30 - Costa - Rica - 127

31 - Trinidad & Tobago - 126

32 - Panama - 125

33 - Mauritius - 124

34 - Paraguay - 123

35 - St. - Lucia - 121

36 - Macao - (SAR - China) - 120

37 - St. Vincent & the - Grenadines - 119

38 - Grenada - 117

39 - Honduras - 116

40 - United Arab Emirates - 114

41 - Dominica - 113

41 - Guatemala - 113

42 - El - Salvador - 112

43 - Serbia - 110

44 - Samoa - 109

45 - Nicaragua - 108

46 - Macedonia - (FYROM) - 107

47 - Vanuatu - 106

48 - Montenegro - 104

49 - Russian - Federation - 102

49 - Turkey - 102

51 - Bosnia & Herzegovina - 98

52 - Moldova - 95

52 - South Africa - 95

53 - Albania - 94

55 - Belize - 91

57 - Solomon Islands - 85

58 - Tuvalu - 83

59 - Peru - 82

60 - Maldives - 81

61 - Fiji - 80

61 - Guyana - 80

61 - Kiribati - 80

61 - Tonga - 80

62 - Nauru - 79

62 - Ukraine

63 - Ecuador - 78

63 - Kuwait - 78

64 - Marshall Islands - 77

65 - Jamaica - 76

65 - Papua New Guinea - 76

66 - Qatar - 74

67 - Micronesia (Federated - States) - 73

68 - Botswana - 72

68 - Palau - 72

69 - Bolivia - 71

70 - Bahrain - 70

70 - Kenya - 70

70 - Namibia - 70

70 - Suriname - 70

71 - Lesotho - 69

72 - Oman - 68

72 - Thailand

73 - Swaziland - 67

74 - Colombia - 66

74 - Gambia - 66

74 - Malawi - 66

74 - Saudi Arabia - 66

75 - Kazakhstan - 65

75 - Tanzania - 65

75 - Zambia - 65

76 - Tunisia - 63

77 - Belarus - 62

78 - Georgia - 61

78 - Ghana - 61

78 - Uganda - 61

79 - Philippines - 60

80 - Cuba - 59

81 - Azerbaijan - 58

81 - Zimbabwe - 58

82 - Benin - 56

82 - Cape Verde - 56

82 - Kyrgyzstan - 56

82 - Morocco - 56

83 - Indonesia - 55

84 - Cote d'Ivoire - 54

85 - Mauritania - 53

85 - Senegal - 53

86 - Armenia - 52

86 - Burkina Faso - 52

86 - Mongolia - 52

86 - Uzbekistan - 52

87 - Dominican Republic - 51

87 - India - 51

87 - Niger - 51

87 - Tajikistan - 51

87 - Togo - 51

88 - Mali - 50

88 - Sao Tome & Principe - 50

89 - Mozambique - 49

89 - Sierra Leone - 49

89 - Timor Leste - 49

90 - Bhutan - 48

91 - Cambodia - 47

91 - Chad - 47

91 - Egypt - 47

91 - Gabon - 47

91 - Rwanda - 47

91 - Turkmenistan - 47

92 - Guinea-Bissau - 46

92 - Madagascar - 46

93 - Algeria - 45

93 - China - 45

93 - Haiti - 45

93 - Laos - 45

93 - Vietnam - 45

94 - Cameroon - 44

94 - Central - African - 44

94 - Republic Comoros - 44

94 - Jordan - 44

94 - Nigeria - 44

95 - Guinea - 43

96 - Equatorial Guinea - 42

97 - Burundi - 41

97 - Congo - (Republic of Brazzaville) - 41

97 - Djibouti - 41

98 - Angola - 40

98 - Bangladesh - 40

98 - Myanmar - 40

99 - Korea - (Democratic People's Republic of, North) - 39

99 - Yemen - 39

100 - Sri - Lanka - 38

101 - Congo - (Democratic Republic of, Kinshasa) - 37

101 - Iran - 37

101 - Lebanon - 37

101 - Liberia - 37

101 - Libya - 37

102 - Kosovo - 36

103 - Ethiopia - 35

103 - South Sudan - 35

103 - Sudan - 35

104 - Eritrea - 34

104 - Nepal - 34

104 - Palestinian Territory - 34

105 - Syria - 33

106 - Pakistan - 31

107 - Somalia - 30

108 - Iraq - 29

109 - Afghanistan - 25

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