Passport Index: Bulgarians can visit 156 countries without a visa

Written by on January 22, 2018 in World - Comments Off on Passport Index: Bulgarians can visit 156 countries without a visa

Decades ago, Frank Sinatra sang “It is nice to travel, to New York, London and Rome.” But there was information Frankie did not volunteer in that old song: Which passports make travelling easy and which ones do not?

There is a document that delivers the answers. It’s the Henley Passport Index 2018, which was just released.

Sometimes the truth can be brutal. It definitely is for citizens of Afghanistan, because they can travel to only 24 countries without going through the anguish of applying for a visa. Because of the dire situation in their country, which has been going on for decades, many Afghans have become refugees.

Somalia, Pakistan, Syria and Iraq, four more countries in difficult situations, join Afghanistan at the bottom of the Henley Passport Index. Their nationals can visit 32, 30, 28 and 27 countries visa-free, respectively.

Being a Bulgarian citizen is good nowadays. That is because Bulgarian passports will get their holders into 156 countries without a visa. Not bad at all.

On the other hand, there are Eastern European passports which work even better, including those issued in Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

People from the United States are pretty well off too. They can enter 174 countries without headaches at the borders. Americans do not need visa for that many countries.

Britons can visit one more country, 175 of them in total, without hassle. So passports issued in the United Kingdom are good to have. But there are even better ones.

The Swiss and Singaporeans may enter 176 countries without visas. And the winners are German citizens. They get to visit 177 countries without any dramas at consulates or border crossings.

But Frank Sinatra was right. It is nice to travel to all of those places. At least with the right passport.

The Henley Passport Index 2018 can be accessed here.





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