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:
|3||France||167||29||St Kitts & Nevis||128|
|4||United States||166||52||Bosnia Herzogovina||87|
|5||Japan||165||64||United Arab Emirates||70|
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.