Pakistani passport second worst for international travel

Afghanistan ranks as the worst passport for international travel


News Desk February 27, 2016
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Pakistani passport has been ranked as the second worst in the world for international travel.

Henley & Partners, a company that assists wealthy clients with residence and citizenship planning and the company behind the Visa Restrictions Index, has ranked countries according to the number of other countries their citizens can travel to without having to obtain a visa.

Pakistan ranks 103 of a total 104 countries and only ranks better than Afghanistan. Thus meaning that citizens of Pakistan and Afghanistan face the most amount of visa restrictions while travelling across the globe.

Germany ranked number one on the index with 177 points, while Pakistan scored 29 points. Sweden secured the second spot (176 points), followed by France, Italy, Spain and United Kingdom ranking third on the index. Meanwhile, Pakistan's neighbour, India ranked 85 on the list, with a score of 52.

Pakistani passport third worst for international travel

"Henley & Partners analyses global visa regulations to present an index ranking each country and territory in the world by the number of countries that their citizens can travel to visa-free."

According to reports, the index is produced in cooperation with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) which maintains the world’s largest database of travel information, and is published annually.

In January last year, Henley & Partners, ranked countries according to the number of other countries their citizens can travel without having to obtain a visa.

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Pakistan shared the spot with Somalia, with citizens of both countries enjoying visa-free access to only 32 destinations around the world. Only citizens of Iraq (31) and Afghanistan (28) are worse off.

“Visa requirements are … an expression of the relationships between individual nations,” the company’s websites notes, and, “generally reflect the relations and status of a country within the international community of nations”.

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COMMENTS (30)

Kazuko Lally | 4 years ago | Reply Excellent blog post . I loved the insight - Does someone know where my company could possibly find a blank PK Visa Application Form example to complete ?
Quizzard | 5 years ago | Reply Wow, the idiocy of people. This is a survey of how many countries you can ENTER without a visa. That is all it shows. It has nothing to do with your personal behaviour, as some state, it has nothing to do with trade, except as that defines who is most likely to provide visa free access. It is not some attempt by this company to malign Pakistan. It looks at the ability of people from one country to enter another. That can be partly related to the stringency by which a country vets it sown citizens and protects the honesty of the passport itself, it can involve international relations, etc etc. It really means nothing, it says nothing about anyone's ability to enter a country, only whether that entry requires a visa. Tourist visas are often available simply by applying, sometimes they are even autmatic once one enters or before one enters. It's just not a big deal.
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