TAROUDANT- A new study on the world's worst passports, conducted by Henley & Partners, finds that Arabs and some Muslim countries face major hassles going abroad.
TAROUDANT- A new study on the world’s worst passports, conducted by Henley & Partners, finds that Arabs and some Muslim countries face major hassles going abroad.
According to a study recently published Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index, seven Arab and Muslim countries have the worst passports in the world.
In terms of free access to other countries, “10 countries namely Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Pakistan, Palestine, Eriteria, Nepal, Sudan, Sri lanka and Lebanon remain in the bottom 10 places of the ranking.”
Afghanistan occupies the bottom rank in the 219-list, followed by Iraq, Somalia, Pakistan, Palestine and Eritrea.
Among Arab states, Some Arab Gulf states like the Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain have more freedom to travel, ranking 56, 57 and 59 respectively in the freedom of travel index.
On a global scale, however, the freedom of travel for these countries remain very restricted.
North African countries have less restrictions to travel abroad than many Arab countries.
Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, and Egypt are ranked 75, 65, 79, and 79 respectively.
The ranking for passport based on 3 criteria. The first criterion is the number of countries and territories that you can visit without a pre-arranged visa. Second criterion is the number people that you can meet without a pre-arranged visa. Third criterion is the area that you can travel to without a pre-arranged visa.
In accordance with the recommendations of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), since December 15, 2009, new “biometric” passports were circulated in Morocco (cf. Decree n ° 2 – 08-310 23 Chawal 1429/23 October 2008)
The Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index is a global ranking of countries according to travel freedom their citizens enjoy.
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