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The Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index – A Global Ranking of Countries based on the Travel Freedoms their Citizens Enjoy

26 August 2010

In today’s globalized world, visa restrictions play an important role in controlling the movement of foreign nationals across borders. Almost all countries now require visas from certain non-nationals who wish to enter their territory. Visa requirements are also an expression of the relationships between individual nations, and generally reflect the relations and status of a country within the international community of nations.

Henley & Partners, the global firm specialized in international immigration and citizenship law, has been monitoring and analyzing the visa regulations of practically all countries and territories in the world for many years. Since 2006, the firm has published the Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index, a global ranking of countries based on the travel freedoms their citizens enjoy. This global ranking is produced in collaboration with IATA, i.e. the methodology developed by Henley & Partners for this global ranking of countries is applied to data provided by IATA´s visa information database.

Henley & Partners has now released the 2010 index, ranking countries according to the visa-free access to other countries their citizens enjoy as of August 2010. An index score of 161 means that a citizen of France, for example, may enter 161 countries and territories without a visa. The score then determines the rank within the index occupied by a particular country. This global ranking reflects the international travel freedom of the citizens of the various countries as well as the international relations and status of individual countries relative to others.

The top rank in 2010 is held by the United Kingdom with a score of 166, an increase of 6 since the 2009 assessment. The UK is followed by Denmark (164) in second place, Sweden (163) in third place and Finland/Luxembourg in joint fourth place with a score of 162.

The United States (159) has slipped three places down to seventh position, but is ahead of Canada (157), which occupies the ninth slot, shared with Australia and New Zealand. Switzerland rounds off the top ten with a score of 156.

Poland remains in 16th place (145), whereas things have improved for Hong Kong SAR passport holders, as Hong Kong has moved up three slots to 19th place with a score of 140. Another important move upwards was experienced by St. Kitts and Nevis, which climbed seven slots, and is now in 31st place with a score of 121, and notably Russia, which moved up to 49th place (previously 53rd).

Venezuela slipped to 36th place (previously ranked 28th), Zimbabwe is down nine slots in 70th place, and China is also down nine slots compared to last year, but much further down the ranking in 88th place.

Pakistan (90th), Iran (92nd) and Lebanon (94th) are found further down the scale. Unsurprisingly, the bottom four rankings are held by Somalia, Sudan, Iraq and Afghanistan, which means that their citizens have the least freedom to travel.

For more information, see www.henleyglobal.com/visarestrictions

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Rank Country Total Score
1 United Kingdom 166
2 Denmark 164
3 Sweden 163
4 Finland 162
4 Luxembourg 162
5 France 161
5 Germany 161
5 Italy 161
5 Netherlands 161
6 Belgium 160
6 Japan 160
6 Spain 160
7 Ireland 159
7 Norway 159
7 U.S.A. 159
8 Austria 158
8 Portugal 158
9 Australia 157
9 Canada 157
9 New Zealand 157
10 Switzerland 156
11 Singapore 155
12 Greece 153
13 Iceland 151
13 Korea 151
13 Malaysia 151
14 Liechtenstein 147
15 Malta 146
16 Poland 145
17 Slovak Republic 144
17 Slovenia 144
18 Cyprus 142
18 Czech Republic 142
18 Hungary 142
19 Estonia 140
19 Lithuania 140
19 Hong Kong SAR 140
20 Latvia 139
21 Monaco 138
22 Romania 136
23 San Marino 135
24 Brunei 134
25 Bulgaria 133
25 Israel 133
26 Argentina 132
27 Andorra 131
27 Chile 131
28 Brazil 130
29 Barbados 127
30 Bahamas 124
31 St. Kitts and Nevis 121
32 Mexico 120
33 Antigua and Barbuda 119
34 Uruguay 118
35 Croatia 116
36 Venezuela 115
37 Costa Rica 114
38 Seychelles 113
39 Paraguay 112
39 Vatican City 112
40 Mauritius 111
41 Panama 106
42 El Salvador 105
42 Guatemala 105
42 Honduras 105
43 Nicaragua 101
44 Macao SAR China 99
45 Trinidad and Tobago 92
46 Macedonia (FYROM) 89
46 St. Lucia 89
46 Turkey 89
47 Serbia 88
47 South Africa 88
47 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 88
48 Montenegro 86
49 Grenada 83
49 Russian Federation 83
50 Belize 82
51 Dominica 80
52 Solomon Islands 78
53 Samoa 77
54 Tuvalu 75
55 Vanuatu 74
56 Jamaica 73
56 Kiribati 73
56 Maldives 73
56 Nauru 73
57 Fiji 72
57 Guyana 72
57 Tonga 72
58 Kuwait 71
58 Peru 71
59 Papua New Guinea 70
60 Botswana 69
61 Gambia 68
62 Bahrain 67
62 Namibia 67
63 Qatar 66
64 Ecuador 65
64 Kenya 65
64 Lesotho 65
64 Malawi 65
64 Sierra Leone 65
65 Swaziland 64
65 Ukraine 64
65 United Arab Emirates 64
65 Zambia 64
66 Marshall Islands 63
66 Suriname 63
67 Bolivia 62
67 Ghana 62
67 Tunisia 62
68 Oman 61
68 Tanzania 61
69 Chinese Taipei 60
69 Micronesia (Federated States) 60
69 Thailand 60
70 Palau Islands 59
70 Uganda 59
70 Zimbabwe 59
71 Moldova 57
71 Saudi Arabia 57
72 Belarus 56
72 Georgia 56
73 Benin 54
73 Cape Verde Islands 54
73 Colombia 54
73 Kazakhstan 54
73 Philippines 54
74 Bosnia Herzegovina 53
74 Kyrgyzstan 53
75 Guinea 52
75 Mali 52
75 Mauritania 52
76 Armenia 51
76 Azerbaijan 51
76 Burkina Faso 51
76 Morocco 51
76 Niger 51
76 Nigeria 51
76 Senegal 51
76 Togo 51
77 Dominican Republic 50
77 India 50
77 Tajikistan 50
78 Albania 49
78 Cuba 49
79 Algeria 48
79 Guinea-Bissau 48
80 Uzbekistan 47
81 Central African Republic 46
81 Indonesia 46
82 Liberia 45
82 Mongolia 45
82 Mozambique 45
83 Bhutan 44
83 Madagascar 44
83 Sao Tome and Principe 44
84 Chad 43
84 Egypt 43
84 Sri Lanka 43
84 Vietnam 43
85 Bangladesh 42
85 Cameroon 42
85 Congo Brazzaville 42
85 Gabon 42
85 Haiti 42
85 Laos 42
85 Timor Leste 42
86 Turkmenistan 41
87 Cambodia 39
87 Jordan 39
87 Rwanda 39
87 Syria 39
88 Nepal 38
88 Yemen Republic 38
88 China (People`s Republic) 38
89 Burundi 37
89 Comoros Islands 37
89 Equatorial Guinea 37
89 Kosovo 37
90 Korea (Dem. People`s Republic) 36
90 Pakistan 36
90 Congo Kinshasa 36
91 Djibouti 35
92 Angola 34
92 Ethiopia 34
92 Iran 34
92 Myanmar 34
93 Eritrea 33
94 Lebanon 32
95 Somalia 31
96 Sudan 30
97 Iraq 27
98 Afghanistan 26





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