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:

RankScoreRankScore
1Denmark16911Malta156
2Sweden16812Liechtenstein155
2Finland16814Malaysia153
2Germany16819Hong Kong147
3United Kingdom16722Israel141
3Netherlands16722Brazil141
3France16729St Kitts & Nevis128
3Belgium16749Montenegro94
4Luxembourg16649Russian Federation94
4Italy16650South Africa93
4United States16652Bosnia Herzogovina87
5Spain16554Dominica85
5Japan16564United Arab Emirates70
5Norway16569Thailand64
5Portugal16582India51
5Ireland16589Vietnam44
5New Zealand16589Egypt44
6Austria16392China41
6Australia16396Iran37
6Canada16398Nepal35
7Switzerland16298Lebanon35
7Greece162100Pakistan32
8Singapore161103Afghanistan26
9South Korea160
10Iceland159

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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  1. 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.

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