Wednesday, 09 July 2014 - 12:01
Britain among the top again with most powerful passports.
British travel documents were cited as among the most powerful in the world, with passport holders in the UK, along with those in Finland and Sweden, able to enter 173 countries either without a visa or with a visa-on-arrival, according to research by movehub.com, a website for people moving abroad.
The US, Denmark, Germany and Luxembourg were joint second in the ranking, with passport holders able to access 172 countries. Passport holders across countries in Europe, North America and Australasia, including Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Canada and New Zealand, generally had the best access, being able enter between 168 and 173 foreign countries without a visa or by receiving one upon arrival.
South American passport holders were shown to have moderate access, with Argentina and Brazil having the strongest visa-free entry privileges, being able to access 147 and 146 countries respectively.
Afghanistan was cited as having the worst access, being able to enter only 28 countries without a visa, followed by Iraq (31 countries), Pakistan and Somalia (both with visa-free access to 32 countries). They were followed by North Korea, Angola, Iran, Sudan and Syria – also among the hardest countries to get a visa for – with visa-free access ranging from 38 to 41 countries.
British travellers have been met with various changes in visa rules and regulations in recent years. As of this week, those hoping to visit Kazakhstan may find it a easier process as the country's president granted visa-free travel to British travellers for one year. The new scheme also applies to citizens of the US, Germany, France, Italy, the UAE, Malaysia, the Netherlands, South Korea and Japan. Up until now, Britons wishing to visit Kazakhstan have had to comply with a lengthy list of visa application requirements, including payment of £35 for a single-entry tourist visa, completion of a visa application form, hotel booking confirmations, and a letter addressed to the consular section of the Embassy of Kazakhstan.