Henley & Partners, the global leader in residence and citizenship planning, has published the annual Visa Restrictions Index for the last decade, and now launches the latest 2016 edition.
In this year’s Index Belarus shares the 71st place with Kazakhstan, Georgia, Gambia, Malawi and Swaziland. The citizens of the states above can travel to 67 countries without having a visa. A year ago Belarus ranked 74th.
The leading country in the former USSR is Latvia: its passport-holders may now travel to 163 countries visa-free.
This year, Germany retained its position in the top spot, with visa-free access to 177 countries out of a total of 218, while Sweden remained in second place with a ranking of 176. A larger group of countries sit in third place, with Finland, France, Italy, Spain and the UK all having visa-free access to 175 countries. Afghanistan is last with visa-free access to only 25 countries.