Henley Visa Restriction Index for top 100 Countries in 2012

Henley & Partners has issued the list of the world countries and territories according to the visa restrictions on their citizens imposed by other countries on their travel during the year 2012. Henley index ranks the countries according to the visa free access its nationals enjoy to other countries.

Henley and Partners stated on the website, “This is the first time that a global ranking shows 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 report states, “In today’s globalised 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.”

An overview of selected countries taken from the Henley Visa Restrictions Index – Global Ranking 2012 is presented in the following table:

Rank Score Rank Score
1 Denmark 169 11 Malta 156
2 Sweden 168 12 Liechtenstein 155
2 Finland 168 14 Malaysia 153
2 Germany 168 19 Hong Kong 147
3 United Kingdom 167 22 Israel 141
3 Netherlands 167 22 Brazil 141
3 France 167 29 St Kitts & Nevis 128
3 Belgium 167 49 Montenegro 94
4 Luxembourg 166 49 Russian Federation 94
4 Italy 166 50 South Africa 93
4 United States 166 52 Bosnia Herzogovina 87
5 Spain 165 54 Dominica 85
5 Japan 165 64 United Arab Emirates 70
5 Norway 165 69 Thailand 64
5 Portugal 165 82 India 51
5 Ireland 165 89 Vietnam 44
5 New Zealand 165 89 Egypt 44
6 Austria 163 92 China 41
6 Australia 163 96 Iran 37
6 Canada 163 98 Nepal 35
7 Switzerland 162 98 Lebanon 35
7 Greece 162 100 Pakistan 32
8 Singapore 161 103 Afghanistan 26
9 South Korea 160
10 Iceland 159

The score column represent the Number of countries and territories which can be entered without a visa by a citizen of the respective country.

Denmark tops the list of the visa index as its nationals can have access to visa free entry to 169 countries and territories in the world.

Canada, Australia and Austria are tied at number 6 with 163 countries allowing their citizens to visit without any visa restrictions.

Afghanistan and Pakistan are almost at the bottom of the index with Afghanistan ranking 103 and Pakistan 100 according to the Henley Visa Restrictions Index – Global Ranking 2012.

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September 5, 2012 by

2 Responses to Henley Visa Restriction Index for top 100 Countries in 2012

  1. Traveler Reply

    September 5, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Here is the COMPLETE Index

    HENLEY & PARTNERS VISA RESTRICTIONS INDEX 2012
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    (Rank. Passport[s] of Country/Countries, Number of Countries Accessible Without Visa / Visa on Arrival)

    001. Denmark, 169.
    002. Finland, Germany, Sweden, 168.
    003. Belgium, France, Netherlands, United Kingdom (British citizen passport), 167.

    004. Italy, Luxembourg, USA, 166.
    005. Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, 165.
    006. Australia, Austria, Canada, 163.
    007. Greece, Switzerland, 162.
    008. Singapore, 161.
    009. South Korea, 160.

    010. Iceland, 159.
    011. Malta, 156.
    012. Liechtenstein, 155.
    013. Slovak Republic, 154.
    014. Hungary, Malaysia, 153.
    015. Czech Republic, 152.
    016. Slovenia, 151.
    017. Poland, 150.
    018. Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, 149.
    019. Hong Kong (SAR), Monaco, 147.

    020. Cyprus, 146.
    021. San Marino, 143.
    022. Brazil, Israel, 141.
    023. Andorra, Argentina, 140.
    024. Brunei, 139.

    025. Romania, 138.
    026. Bulgaia, Chile, 137.
    027. Barbados, 135.
    028. Bahamas, 133.
    029. St. Kitts and Nevis, 128.

    030. Mexico, 127.

    031. Antigua and Barbuda, 126.
    032. Uruguay, 125.
    033. Vatican City, 124.
    034. Venezuela, 123.
    035. Seychelles, 122.
    036. Mauritius, Taiwan, 120.
    037. Croatia, Paraguay, 119.
    038. Costa Rica, 117.
    039. Panama, 113.

    040. El Salvador, 111.
    041. Honduras, 110.
    042. Guatemala, 109.
    043. Macao (SAR), 107.
    044. Nicaragua, 105.
    045. Serbia, 99.
    046. Trinidad and Tobago, 98.
    047. Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia, 97.
    048. Turkey, 95.
    049. Montenegro, Russian Federation, 94.

    050. South Africa, St. Lucia, 93.
    051. St. Vincent and The Grenadines, 92.
    052. Bosnia-Herzegovina, Grenada, 87.
    053. Belize, 86.
    054. Commonwealth of Dominica, 85.
    055. Albania, 84.
    056. Solomon Islands, 81.
    057. Samoa, 79.
    058. Maldives, 78.
    059. Fiji, Jamaica, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, 77.

    060. Guyana, Peru, Ukraine, 76.
    061. Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, 75.
    062. Kuwait, Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, 72.
    063. Gambia, 71.
    064. Botswana, Ecuador, Suriname, United Arab Emirates, 70.
    065. Bolivia, 69.
    066. Micronesia, 68.
    067. Kenya, Lesotho, Namibia, Palau Islands, Qatar, 67.
    068. Bahrain, Malawi, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, 66.
    069. Thailand, 64.

    070. Sierra Leone, 63.
    071. Ghana, Tunisia, Uganda, 62.
    072. Kazakhstan, Oman, 61.
    073. Georgia, 60.
    074. Belarus, Colombia, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, 59.
    075. Moldova, Zimbabwe, 58.
    076. Azerbeidjan, Cape Verde Islands, 57.
    077. Cuba, Kyrgyzstan, 56.
    078. Benin, 55.
    079. Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, 54.

    080. Togo, 53.
    081. Armenia, Indonesia, Niger, 52.
    082. India, Morocco, Uzbekistan, 51.
    083. Dominican Republic, Guinea-Bissau, Tajikistan, 50.
    084. Mongolia, Mozambique, 49.
    085. São Tomé and Principe, 48.
    086. Central African Republic, Madagascar, 47.
    087. Bhutan, Liberia, Nigeria, Turkmenistan, 46.
    088. Gabon, 45.
    089. Egypt, Laos, Timor-Leste, Vietnam, 44.

    090. Chad, Haiti, Jordan, Rwanda, 43.
    091. Cambodia, Congo-Brazzaville, 42.
    092. China, Comores Islands, Yemen Republic, 41.
    093. Bangladesh, Burundi, Equatorial Guinea, 40.
    094. Cameroon, Libya, Nort Korea, 39.
    095. Congo-Kinshasa, South Sudan, 38.
    096. Iran, Kosovo, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Syria, 37.
    097. Sudan, 36.
    098. Lebanon, Nepal, 35.
    099. Eritrea, 34.

    100. Pakistan, Palestinian Territory, 32.
    101. Iraq, 30.
    102. Somalia, 28.
    103. Afghanistan, 26.

    Note: The “Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index” contents the following assumptions:
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    Territories dependent on the United Kingdom hold British passports.
    The following are not considered as “nationalities”:
    Anguilla, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Isl., Virgin Islands (British)

    The following are also considered as destinations with travel rules applicable as follows:
    Andorra and Monaco – travel rules for France applied;
    Liechtenstein – travel rules for Switzerland applied;
    San Marino and Vatican City – travel rules for Italy applied;

    The following are considered as destinations but not as “nationalities”:
    Territories dependent on Australia: Norfolk Island;
    Territories associated with New Zealand: Cook Islands, Niue;
    Territories under the administation of the USA: Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Samoa, Virgin Islands (US);
    Territories under administration of the Netherlands: Aruba, Curaçao, St. Marteen, Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba;
    Territories dependent on France: French Guiana, French Polynesia, French West Indies, Mayotte, New Caledonia, Réunion.

  2. bashirullah Reply

    May 2, 2013 at 10:26 pm

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