Top Countries with the Best and Worst Passports in the World in 2016!

  • PRIYA SANYAL
  • Mar 03, 2016
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For over a decade, Henley & Partners have analysed visa regulations of countries across the globe and presented their findings in a ranking order known as the Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index. The ranking is done on the basis of the freedom citizens of a country enjoy, to travel visa-free. Thus, the more number of countries a citizen can travel to, visa-free, results in a higher score for that country. Let us take a look at the countries with the best and worst passports, according to this Index.

War ridden, drowned in terrorism, these countries have become quite notorious globally. They are not only dangerous to travel to, but their notoriety has led to their citizens not being welcome easily in other countries. Let us start with the Countries with the Worst Passports.

1. Afghanistan

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Rank: 104
Number of Countries to Travel Visa-free: 25

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2. Pakistan

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Rank: 103
Number of Countries to Travel Visa-free: 29

3. Iraq

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Rank: 102
Number of Countries to Travel Visa-free: 30

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4. Somalia

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Rank: 101
Number of Countries to Travel Visa-free: 31

5. Syria

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Rank: 100
Number of Countries to Travel Visa-free: 32

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6.Libya

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Rank: 99
Number of Countries to Travel Visa-free: 36

7. Eritrea, Iran, Nepal,Palestine and Sudan

Rank: 98
Number of Countries to Travel Visa-free: 37

8. Kosovo, South Sudan and Yemen

Rank: 97
Number of Countries to Travel Visa-free: 38

9. Bangladesh, Congo, Lebanon and Sri Lanka

Rank: 96
Number of Countries to Travel Visa-free: 39

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10. Burundi, North Korea and Myanmar

Rank: 95
Number of Countries to Travel Visa-free: 42

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And now, for those countries with not only a good reputation worldwide, but their citizens are bearing the fruits of their good name. With lesser crime rates, good GDP and excellent living standards, these have some of the happiest countrymen. Let us check out the Countries with the Best Passports.

10. Hungary, Czech Republic and Iceland

Rank: 10
Number of Countries to Travel Visa-free: 167

9. Malta

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Rank: 9
Number of Countries to Travel Visa-free: 168

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8. Australia

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Rank: 8
Number of Countries to Travel Visa-free: 169

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7. Greece and New Zealand

Rank: 7
Number of Countries to Travel Visa-free: 171

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6. Canada, Iceland, South Korea, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal and Switzerland

Rank: 6
Number of Countries to Travel Visa-free: 172

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5. Austria, Japan and Singapore

Rank: 5
Number of Countries to Travel Visa-free: 173

4. Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands and U.S.A.

Rank: 4
Number of Countries to Travel Visa-free: 174

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3. Finland, France, Italy, Spain, and U.K.

Rank: 3
Number of Countries to Travel Visa-free: 175

2. Sweden

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Rank: 2
Number of Countries to Travel Visa-free: 176

1. Germany

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Rank: 1
Number of Countries to Travel Visa-free: 177

So did your country make the cut?

(Images in collages sourced from Wikipedia, Commons Wikimedia, delcampe.net, bardhihaliti.com, bangladoot.se, vietnamimmigration.com)

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PRIYA SANYAL PRIYA SANYAL

A closet romantic, with an icy cool demeanour, to fool you. Heroine of her own Victorian love story and an imaginary superhero. A true-blue Taurean whose dream is to live in the Italian countryside, cook and eat delicious pasta, and write to her heart's content.

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