Report: world’s best and worst passports
When it comes to entering a foreign territory or country, who’s got the passport that gives them the easiest access or entry without acquiring a visa.
The Germans apparently have the greatest mobility when it comes to traveling to a different part of the world, according to the 2016 Visa Restrictions Index.
If you’re holding a German passport, you may be able to enter 177 out of 218 countries and territories without a visa.
Sweden comes in at No.2 with visa-free entry to 176 countries, just one entry shy of Germany’s dominance.
Finland, Spain, France, Italy and the United Kingdom are tied for third place, making these European citizens the most privileged in international travel. Japan and South Korea also shared the same ranking with these Northern and Western European nations.
The United States, which ranked first for the last 2 years, fell to fourth place. The recent drop shows that a passport from the world’s superpower may no longer translate to the same privilege as it once held.
Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands are tied with the U.S. at No. 4.
This Visa Restrictions report, compiled annually over the last 10 years by London-based consulting firm Henley and Partners and the International Air Transport Association, ranks countries by their diplomatic clout and displays how easy their citizens can explore other parts of the world without visa restrictions.
According to this year’s ranking, the countries that give out the ‘worst passports’ are Libya (36), Syria (32), Somalia (32), Iraq (30) and Pakistan (29). Afghanistan apparently issues the least useful passport, stands on the bottom of the list, with only 25 entries allowed without a visa.