Visa Restrictions Index: Top rated countries in travel access freedom

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How easy or difficult visas are processed is indicative of the relationship between individual states and generally reflects the status of a country in the international community. Relatively easy travel access to one country does not warrant similar “luck” with another. Some travelers, however, enjoy nearly unrestricted control over their access to destinations. While diplomatic visa holders have the most relaxed travel requirements, there are citizens who could actually enjoy the same.

Based on the Visa Restrictions Index, a travel index created by Henley and Partners which ranks countries globally according to relative travel freedom provided to passport holders, citizens of Finland, Sweden, and the U.K. have the longest list of countries that they are allowed to visit visa-free.

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Countries such as North Korea and Cuba are assumed to rank lowest in the list, but they actually place among the middle ranks of a total of 94 countries. At the foot of the list are Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Pakistan, the Palestinian Territory, and Eritrea.

The scores were calculated based on visa regulations of all countries and territories in the world, and the number of other countries that their citizens can travel to without having to obtain a visa.

Cox & Kings Global Services provides consular sections of diplomatic missions with administrative support for managing non-judgmental tasks that are related to the entire lifecycle of a visa, passport, and consular application process. To learn more about its services, visit this website.


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