Henley & Partners released the Henley Passport Index a few days ago. It was more or less with the same result some countries dropping spots while some are climbing up the ladder. When the country, North Korea comes to your mind, you might think it has the weakest passport in the world, because of how anti-community it is. Well, you’ll be surprised to know that the North Korea passport is better than even a peaceful nation like Sri Lanka.
North Korea has visa-free access to 39 countries around the world, putting behind Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Afghanistan has the weakest passport with visa-free access to only 24 countries. Iraq follows next to 28 countries, then Syria at 28 countries, and Pakistan with visa-free access to only 30 countries across the globe. Germany, obviously, maintained the first spot with visa-free access to 177 countries and Sweden stood second with visa-free access to 176 countries.
Luckily, India, the Maldives, and Bhutan are ahead of North Korea. Bolivia was ranked as the most welcoming country in the world by Arton Capital. It is also financial advisory firm like Henley and Partners and has its own special index, Arton Index, which develops a ranking for all 198 countries in the world. According to the Arton Index, Ethiopia, North Korea, and Sudan offer the least freedom of movement.
Travel plans for 2018?
2017 was a sad year for travel enthusiasts since there were very fewer holidays. But 2018 can put away all that sadness as there are more than 15-weekend connecting holidays. Get out that digital calendar and start making your travel plans right away. At least travel to a couple of places out of your country because you never know when you can get the chance to do it. So where are you heading to? Plan a trip.