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The world’s best and worst passports for travelling

Published on 08/03/2016

A passport may not be the most inspiring document in the world it is a particularly handy one.

In a ranking compiled by Henley & Partners, the German passport came in first position offering visa-free travel to 177 countries. The Germans dethroned the Americans who held the first position last year and in 2014.

The Swedish passport now features in second place followed by a joint third place for the UK, Finland, France, Italy and Spain. Holders of these countries passports gain unfettered access to 175 countries.

Belgium’s maroon booklet offers visa-free travel to no fewer than 174 different countries. Belgium shares the 4th spot with Denmark, the Netherlands and the US.

Some other top rankings include Austria (5th), Canada, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland (6th), Greece and New Zealand (7th) and Australia (8th).

Henley & Partners also looked at which passports experienced the greatest restrictions. Afghans, Pakistanis, Iraqis, Somalians and Syrians are officially first in the queue when it comes to needing a visa to travel.

See the full visa restrictions index. / Expatica