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Countries With The World's Worst International Passports

According to the 2016 Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index, Visa-free access is hard to come by for citizens of these countries.

The best passports in the world today are those in the hands of several European and North American countries' nation-hopping citizens. Having a passport should entitle the owner of these visa-free entry into and out of a majority of these countries listed. That said, not all passports are created equal, and Henley & Partners has just published its 2016 Visa Restrictions Index to show those in the world proffering the most mobility. Germany remains at the top of the list as having the world's most effective passports, and the list includes several more European countries towards the top as well. Following below, however, are the exact opposite: the countries with the world's worst passports for global travel in 2016. We have also denoted the countries that proffer the most lenient travel policies as tourist destinations to those visitors hailing from the countries listed. Whether due to poor diplomatic relations, health and safety concerns, humanitarian violations, terrorism, or otherwise, these nations' citizens will be hard-pressed to gain entry across others countries' borders.

12. Eritrea (37 Countries Granting Access Without a Visa)

Eritrea issues passports entitling its citizens entry into 37 other countries without the need for Visa. Some of these countries that offer easy access to Eritrean citizens are Bolivia, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Dominica, Haiti, Laos, Madagascar, Micronesia, Singapore, and the Philippines. Eritreans might find the Philippines a great place to visit, as the climate is similarly warm, yet wetter, and great shopping bargains can be found all year-round. Travel destinations are also abounding with bargain opportunities there. Eritrea ranks 101st in the world of passports from 104 listed by Henley & Partners.

11. Nepal (37 Countries Granting Access Without a Visa)

Nepal issues passports that grant visa-free entry to 37 countries. Nepal recently had a number of disastrous earthquakes that rocked their country. Travel may not be foremost in their agenda, but safety could be. Some of the countries that give Nepalese citizens easy access of entry are Bolivia, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Comoros, Dominica, Gambia, Georgia, Haiti, Iran, Laos, Madagascar, and Malawi. Singapore or the Philippines are relatively nearby, and could offer an earthquake-free place to visit for most Nepalese. The island atmosphere will also be in sharp contrast to Himalayan life. Nepal ranks 98th in the world of passports from 104 listed by Henley & Partners.

10. Sudan (37 Countries Granting Access Without a Visa)

Sudanese citizens have visa-free access entry to 37 countries. Some of these countries are Dominica, Ecuador, Haiti, Iran, Laos, Malaysia, Micronesia, Palau, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles, Somalia, Tanzania, Togo, and Tuvalu. South Sudan recently became independent from Sudan, and South Sudan has fewer visa-free countries from which to visit. Sudanese people might find Malaysia a great destination, for both countries share the same dominant religion and preference for halal-certified cuisine. Sudan ranks 100th in the world of passports from 104 listed by Henley & Partners.

9. Iran (37 Countries Granting Access Without a Visa)

Iran issues passports to its citizens that allow entry to 37 countries without a need of a visa. Bolivia, Cape Verde, Comoros, Dominica, Ecuador, Georgia, Haiti, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, and Micronesia are some of the countries that give easy access of entry to Iranian citizens. Iranians might find Malaysia a great country to visit, as they have similar halal cuisine as many Malaysians also share their same Islamic religious beliefs. Iran ranks 98th in the world of passports from 104 listed by Henley & Partners.

8. Palestine (37 Countries Granting Access Without a Visa)

Palestine issues passports to its citizens granting visa-free access to 37 other countries. Although Palestinian citizens are prohibited from entering Lebanon, where they will face arrest, Bolivia, Dominica, Ecuador, Haiti, Nicaragua, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Venezuela, Swaziland, Jordan, Malaysia, and Micronesia are meanwhile the countries that offer ease of access to citizens of Palestine with passports. Although other countries may allow entry to Palestinian citizens, there is always the possibility of denial whether the country recognizes Palestine or only the Palestine Authority. Both are sometimes found stamped on the same passport, which confounds the issue. Palestine ranks 101st in the world of passports from 104 listed by Henley & Partners.

7. Ethiopia (37 Countries Granting Access Without a Visa)

Ethiopia has permitted its citizens to travel to 37 Countries which allow them entry without a visa. Those countries which are most easy to access for Ethiopian travelers are Dominica (21 days), Haiti (3 months), Kenya (3 months), Micronesia (30 days), Philippines (30 days), St. Vincent and the Grenadines (1 month), and Singapore (30 days). Ethiopians should find the Philippines a great place to visit, as it is warm like their own homeland, but yet an exotic hodge-podge of different cultures and cuisines, ranging from Europe to the East to the Pacific Islands. Interesting people and great shopping opportunities also abound in the Philippines. Ethiopia ranks 100th in the world of passports from 104 listed by Henley & Partners.

6. Libya (36 Countries Granting Access Without a Visa)

Libya allows its citizens to travel to 36 Countries granting Libyans access without needing a visa. Libyan citizens can enjoy the delights of such countries with easy access as Algeria (up to 3 months), Mauritania, Dominica (21 days), Haiti (3 months), St. Vincent and the Grenadines (1 month), Ecuador (90 days), Malaysia (14 days), and Tunisia (3 months). The biodiverse islands of the Galapagos, which belong to Ecuador, should make for an especially interesting visit for a Libyan used to living in a semi-arid environment. Libyan passports rank 99th in the world of passports from 104 listed by Henley & Partners.

5. Syria (32 Countries Granting Access Without a Visa)

Syria has permitted its citizens to travel to 32 Countries that allow Syrians entry without a visa. Out of the 32 countries, Dominica (21 days), Ecuador (90 days), Haiti (3 months), Iran (90)days, Malaysia (30 days), Micronesia (30 days), Mauritania (90 days), and Sudan (1 month) are all "easy access" countries. Syrian passports rank 102nd in the world of passports from 104 listed by Henley & Partners..

4. Somalia (31 Countries Granting Access Without a Visa)

Somalia issues its citizens passports that allow them to travel to 31 Countries without the need for a visa. Somali citizens can travel to 5 countries with especial ease of access. These are Dominica (21 days), Haiti (3 months), Malaysia (14 days), Micronesia (30 days), and St. Vincent and the Grenadines (1 month). Somalian citizens have a harder time than most in terms of international travel opportunities.

3. Iraq (30 Countries Granting Access Without a Visa)

Iraq has permitted its citizens to travel to 30 Countries that allow entry without a visa. Out of these 30 countries, five allows easy entry. These are Dominica (21 days), Ecuador (90 days), Haiti (3 months), Malaysia (30 days), and Micronesia (30 days). Malaysia should be an interesting place to visit without a visa. Its cuisine alone and halal-certified food are worth the travel for global Muslims. Iraq ranks 102nd in the world of passports from 104 listed by Henley & Partners.

2. Pakistan (29 Countries Granting Access Without a Visa)

Pakistan issues international passports to its citizens granting access to 29 Countries without a visa. Out of these 29 countries, five give an easy access entry, namely St. Vincent, Dominica, Haiti, Vanuatu, and Micronesia. Many Pakistanis would like to travel to Bahrain for shopping, but an e-Visa is required there for staying 14 or more days at any given time. The romantic Pakistani should be happy in the Seychelles, with only a visitor's permit required upon arrival, which is good to last for one month. It ranks 103rd in the world from 104 listed by Henley & Partners.

1. Afghanistan (25 Countries Granting Access Without a Visa)

Afghanistan issues international passports to its citizens granting access to 25 other countries without a visa. Afghani citizens can travel to Dominica (21 days), Haiti (3 months), Micronesia (30 days), and St. Vincent and the Grenadines (1 month) visa-free out of the 25 countries that their passport can access. Therefore, shopping visa-free in the Caribbean is something that Afghan citizens would not refuse. Afghanistan ranks 104th in the world for passports, the last of those listed by Henley & Partners.

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