The Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index is a global ranking of countries according to the travel freedom that their citizens enjoy. For more than a decade, Henley & Partners has analyzed global visa regulations to present an index which ranks each country and territory in the world by the number of countries that their citizens can travel to visa-free.
The index is published annually and produced in cooperation with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which maintains the world’s largest and most authoritative database of travel information.
In the 2017 ranking, Germany retains its position at the top of the Index for the second year running, with visa-free access to 176 countries out of a possible 218. Sweden also stays in second position with 175 countries, and Denmark, Finland, Italy, Spain and the US tie in third place on 174. The UK, however, slips down another position again this year to fourth place, having held first place with Germany for three consecutive years from 2013–2015.
Island nations performed well in the 2017 ranking. Kiribati, Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu all gained more than nine places, while Peru was the highest individual climber, gaining 15 ranks.
Those countries who offer the most successful citizenship-by-investment programs in the world continue to perform strongly. Malta, as an EU member state, ranks very highly in 10th place with visa-free access to 167 countries. Austria, in 4th place, joins Malta in the top 10 with a total of 173 countries. Ranked 16th, Cyprus has visa-free access to 158 countries.
The key Caribbean citizenship-by-investment programs also perform well, with Antigua and Barbuda sharing 30th place with St. Kitts and Nevis, with 136 visa-free agreements in place, and Grenada securing the 37th position with 124 countries.
In total, 48 countries lost ground, dropping between one and three ranks, and only 42 countries showed no movement at all.Read more >