Ukraine took the first place in the rating of passports among the CIS countries and the 44th in the world, significantly improving its position due to obtaining visa-free access to the Schengen countries in 2017.
This ranking ranks the countries as far as possible to visit various states of the world without a visa and for the past five years the first place in it has invariably been retained with the passport of Germany.
In 2018, with a German passport, you can travel without a visa to 177 countries, which is one more country than last year. The second place went to Singapore (176 countries), the third was divided at once by eight states: Great Britain, Denmark, Italy, Norway, Finland, France, Sweden, Japan. Citizens of these countries were given the opportunity to visit 175 countries without a visa. Most of them improved the indicators of visa-free access to other countries for a year.
Russia took 48th place in the index, dividing it with the Republic of Moldova and Montenegro. Russians can visit 110 countries without a visa. Virtually all the countries of the Commonwealth improved last year’s indicators by the number of countries with visa-free entry.
If we talk about countries in which programs for obtaining citizenship through investment operate, then the widest choice of states with visa-free entry offers a passport of Austria (174 countries). The amount of necessary investment for obtaining an Austrian passport is EUR 8-10 million. Malta and Cyprus, whose citizenship can be obtained for investments of EUR 1-2 million, offer visa-free access to 169 and 159 countries respectively. Among the Caribbean countries with investment programs, the most mobile passport is the passport of Saint Kitts and Nevis with visa-free access to 139 countries.
The last place in the rating went to Afghanistan, whose citizens were granted visa-free access to 24 countries.
The Henley & Partners Passport Index, formerly known as the Visa Restrictions Index (renamed in 2018), has been published since 2006 in cooperation with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which supports the world’s largest tourist information base.
In 2018, 200 countries and territories were analyzed.