Henley Index: Belarusian passport second-weakest in Europe

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In Q4 update of the Henley Passport Index, Belarus shares the 68th place with Kazakhstan: the two countries have 75 points out of 227. The 67th position has gone to Namibia, and 69th – to Lesotho and Saudi Arabia.

The Henley Passport Index is the original and most authoritative ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa, the company states. The index includes 199 passports and 227 travel destinations, giving users the most extensive and reliable information about the global access their passport affords them.

The world’s strongest passports are owned by the citizens of Japan and Singapore (1st place; visa-free access to 190 destinations); Finland, Germany and South Korea (2nd place; 188 destinations); Denmark, Italy and Luxembourg (3rd place; 187 destinations), the updated index reads.

When it comes to the European countries, Belarus is ahead of partially recognized Kosovo. Moreover, it has been left far behind by some neighbouring countries – Lithuania (9th place), Latvia (10th), Poland (13th); Ukraine and Russia ranked 43rd and 48th, respectively.

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According to the 2019 Global Passport Power Rank, Belarus and Oman are in a two-way tie for the 52nd place. The citizens of Belarus may visit 44 states without a visa; 41 countries grant a visa on arrival.


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