Azerbaijan Loses in Passport Index Rating
Baku / 07.01.20 / Turan: On January 7, Henley & Partners published an updated Passport Index, which analyzes the visa rules of 200 countries and determines them by the number of countries without visa entry.
For the third year in a row, Japan holds first place in the index. Citizens of this country can visit 191 countries without a visa (or with a visa on arrival), which is one country more than a year ago. Singapore maintained 2nd place with 190 countries. South Korea for a year fell by one line and now, together with Germany, occupies third place (189 destinations).
The United States and Great Britain continue to fall in the ranking. Over the year, they moved from the 6th line to the 8th (184 countries without a visa). Five years ago, both countries occupied the first line of the index. Finland and Italy shared 4th place with a score of 188, Denmark, Luxembourg and Spain - 5th place with a score of 187. The UAE has remained a stable success with the historic success of the index. Over the past 15 years, the country has risen by 47 lines and now occupies 18th place with an indicator of visa-free countries 171.
Afghanistan is still an outsider of the index. Its citizens can visit only 26 countries without a visa.
Azerbaijan lost two positions in the ranking and moved from 74th to 76th place. At the same time, Azerbaijani citizens can visit 67 countries of the world without a visa - one more than a year ago. The Philippines has the same rate. During the year, Azerbaijan received visa-free access to Pakistan, Senegal and Serbia, but at the same time lost a visa-free regime with Benin and Djibouti.
The Henley & Partners Passport Index, formerly known as the Visa Restriction Index, is an international ranking of countries for freedom of movement. The index has been published since 2006 in collaboration with the International Air Transport Association (IATA). -02D-