Belarus has moved up to the 54th place in the Global Passport Power Rank 2018, which ranks passports of the world by their total visa-free score.
Up from 57th position in 2017.
According to the ranking, the Belarusian passport guarantees visa-free travel to 79 countries.
Not that bad
Belarusians can also receive a visa upon arrival in another 37 countries. Meanwhile, a cherished visa in advance is required to enter 119 states.
The situation in the neighboring countries is a bit better: Latvia, Lithuania and Poland hold 7th place, Ukraine – 28th, Russia is in 38th place. At present, Belarus shares the 54th spot with Saudi Arabia and Bolivia.
Recall that this summer Belarus extended the duration of visa-free stay for foreigners coming to Belarus via Minsk National Airport to up to 30 days.
Most and least powerful
In a surprise shakeup, the United Arab Emirates has the world’s most powerful passport with access to t167 countries visa-free.
It is followed by Singaporean and German passports that both allow entry without prior visas to 166 countries.
Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Luxembourg, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Norway, South Korea and the United States come next with access to 165.
At the bottom of the ranking are the passports of Afghanistan (29 countries), Iraq (32) and Pakistan (35).
The Passport Index ranking is annually compiled by Canada’s Arton Capital. The list includes 193 countries and six additional territories.