Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 9
By Azad Hasanli – Trend:
Citizens of Azerbaijan can visit 63 countries without visas, according to the updated Henley Passport Index, prepared by Henley & Partners.
Azerbaijan moved up by two positions and ranked 72nd as compared to the previous year’s index.
The Henley Passport Index 2018, formerly known as the Visa Restrictions Index (renamed in 2018), has been published since 2006 by Henley & Partners in cooperation with the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
The annual Henley Passport Index analyzes the visa rules of more than 200 countries and territories of the world and ranks them by the number of countries with visa-free entrance.
Azerbaijan shares 72nd position with Indonesia, the Philippines, Cuba and Cape Verde. The current year’s index is the best result for Azerbaijan in recent years; citizens of the country could visit 62 countries without a visa in 2016 and 2017, and 58 countries – in 2015.
Azerbaijan ranked 74th in the Visa Restrictions Index in 2017.
Azerbaijan’s neighboring countries – Russia ranked 48th, Turkey ranked 50th, Georgia ranked 53rd and Kazakhstan ranked 65th in the Henley Passport Index 2018.
Georgia significantly improved its position in the index thanks to the visa-free access to the Schengen area in 2017.
Over the past five years, Germany has kept its first place in the index. In 2018, citizens of the country can travel to 177 countries without a visa.
Singapore ranks second (176 countries) and eight countries – the UK, Denmark, Italy, Norway, Finland, France Sweden, Japan – ranked third. Citizens of these countries have an opportunity to visit 175 countries without a visa.
Afghanistan, citizens of which have a visa-free access to 24 countries, took the last position.
Austria ranks first among countries, which have programs for obtaining citizenship through investments. Austrian citizenship provides a visa-free access to 174 countries.
The volume of investments needed to obtain an Austrian passport is 8-10 million euros.
Malta and Cyprus, citizenship of which can be obtained for investments worth 1-2 million euros, offer a visa-free access to 169 and 159 countries respectively.
The Saint Kitts and Nevis passport is the most mobile passport among the Caribbean countries with investment programs, and offers a visa-free access to 139 countries.