Based on Henley & Partners’ 2016 visa restriction index, the Lebanese passport came out as one of the least powerful passports. The study ranks nations based on the number of countries their citizens can travel to visa-free. Germany, Sweden and the United States of America came out in first, second and third place, respectively. Germany has the most powerful passport in the world since its citizens can travel to 176 countries without the need of a visa. Syria, Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan are at the very bottom of the Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index since each only have visa-free access to less than 30 countries. Peru was the highest individual mover, gaining 15 places. Ghana showed the most negative movement, losing four places in one year. The countries that rank the highest are shown in blue, while those at the bottom are shown in yellow:
Dr. Christian H. Kälin, Chairman of Henley & Partners, said:
“There is still a huge disparity in the levels of travel freedom between countries, despite the world becoming seemingly more mobile and interdependent. Generally, visa requirements are a reflection of a country’s relationship with others, and take into account diplomatic relationships between countries, reciprocal visa arrangements, security risks, and the dangers of visa and immigration regulation violations”
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