The annual 'Henley Passport Index' has been published. Switzerland moved up one place compared to last year. At the same time, it still lags behind a few European countries.
Switzerland ranks fifth this year. However, it has to share this with Greece and Malta. This means: People with these passports can enter 190 countries without an additional visa.
For Switzerland, fifth place is an increase in the rankings. In recent years it has been in sixth or even seventh place.
The “best pass”, meaning the one with the greatest travel freedom, has only been available in Singapore and Japan for five years. But now they have been overtaken by France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Passport holders from these countries can visit 194 countries without a visa. For European countries, this number is three more than last year.
In second place with 193 countries that can be visited are Finland, Sweden and South Korea. These three countries advanced one place compared to last year.
Third place is occupied by Austria, Denmark, Ireland and the Netherlands. People with these passports can travel to 192 countries without a visa.
In fourth place are Belgium, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal and Great Britain. A decade ago, Great Britain shared first place with the United States. The United States has fallen even further – in 2024 it will have to settle for seventh place.
The UAE has risen to its highest levels in the past decade. While it ranked 55th in 2014, it has now risen to 11th place – with 183 countries can be visited without a visa.
China has also made a big leap: a Chinese passport now allows entry to twice as many countries as it did ten years ago.
The last place is occupied by Afghanistan. With an Afghan passport you can only visit 28 countries without a visa.
Dr Hans says the general trend in recent years has been towards greater freedom of travel. Christian Kalin, President of the immigration consulting firm Henley & Partners. As Time magazine reported, the gap between countries at the top and bottom of the list has never been greater.
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