SL among countries with worst passports

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Sri Lanka is among the countries which have the worst passports in the world with having visa-free accesses only to 39 countries, the Visa Restrictions Index-2016 compiled by London-based immigration and citizenship consulting firm, Henley and Partners said.

The Index is a global ranking of countries according to the travel freedom that their citizens enjoy. Since 2006, the Index has been produced in collaboration with IATA, which maintains the world’s largest database of travel information.

Afghanistan made it to the top of the worst list as it has free-visa accesses to only 25 countries.

Liberia, Burundi, North Korea, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lebanon, Kosovo, South Sudan, Yemen, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, Nepal, Palestinian Territory, Sudan, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Iraq and Pakistan were the countries which have worst passports.

Germany, Sweden, Finland, France, Italy, Spain, UK, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, US, Austria, Japan and Singapore are the countries which have the best passports in the world.

Germany is the country with the best passport as it has free-visa access to 177 countries around the world.

  Comments - 19

  • teetee Friday, 04 March 2016 08:42 AM

    we are talking only and no actions taken to upgrade sri lanka passport

    SOBERS Friday, 04 March 2016 08:57 AM

    Easiest passport to reach "Hell".

    dess Friday, 04 March 2016 09:14 AM

    How can you expect them to grant us free access to their countries. Our guys going their officially for various games like even for Carrom/Boxing etc. are disappearing. Just be happy with the 39, do not expect more.

    Deen Friday, 04 March 2016 09:36 AM

    Though India announced visa on arrival for Sri Lankans from last April, still most Sri Lankans get their visa done in Colombo due to high visa fees and harassment.Even Pakistanis get their visa on arrival and it is extremely difficult to get a Pakistani visa for sri Lankas in Colombo..

    Sanjay Saturday, 05 March 2016 10:06 AM

    This is a frustrating situation for people who like to travel.Foreign ministry should work more to talk to other countries and get these facility by negotiating terms.No one will just throw at you unless we do not act

    true_SL Friday, 04 March 2016 11:04 AM

    Are the countries that we could go without visa even worth a visit?

    Aruna Friday, 04 March 2016 11:18 AM

    I thought SL is embraced by UK, USA and the whole world as soon as so called "YAHAPALANA" came into power!

    Neela Friday, 04 March 2016 11:51 AM

    Another bitter MR supporter?

    Crishan Thursday, 03 March 2016 07:18 PM

    Not a news. This is a well know fact. Even our own customs will not let you go trough the depature if you cant show them USD 1000 to spend in the visiting country. They wont take credit or debit cards as an answer. How pathetic!

    Top Gun Thursday, 03 March 2016 07:36 PM

    Is that a surprise ?

    ziyard Thursday, 03 March 2016 07:44 PM

    What is yahapalanaya doing ?the relevant minister must persuade countries like thailand,phillines,uae,malaysia to granst visa on arrival facility for sri lankan nationals

    Aba Jayasekera Thursday, 03 March 2016 08:10 PM

    This is a matter for outside countries and we do not have any say in the matter

    Unfortunate Sri Lankan Thursday, 03 March 2016 08:23 PM

    Not now past 33 years is like that,when you enter EU countries,Down Under,Switzerland,Scandinavia you can feel it very well.but it start from our own Katunayake as some one from the Embassy will come check our Visas like we have done some criminal act.Though We have genuine visa

    Traveller Thursday, 03 March 2016 08:35 PM

    Has the passport to be blamed for countries imposing visa restrictions via DM Android App

    Sylvia Haik Thursday, 03 March 2016 08:41 PM

    Now you can understand why those Sri Lankans who went abroad opted to become citizens of those countries. It had nothing to do with betraying Sri Lanka. But Gotabhaya thought so and suspended the Dual Citizenship facility.

    Thanos Thursday, 03 March 2016 08:45 PM

    Interestingly, it has got worse under the "yahapalanaya" govt, not mention getting downgraded by many global financial institutions. Rough times ahead Sri Lanka.

    nimal Thursday, 03 March 2016 08:46 PM

    Even swaziland is much ahead of us..

    nuke Thursday, 03 March 2016 09:24 PM

    not surprised.. racial issues were the cause.. and still there are racial issues. so the rank will be the same for another century.

    Appu Thursday, 03 March 2016 09:33 PM

    Anyway we can go to at least 39 countries without visa.

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