Belarus Passport In Global Power Rank 2020. Worse Than Neighbours

What’s the travel document that opens more doors around the world than any other? Unfortunately, it’s not a Belarusian passport.

The latest passport power rankings have come out and Belarus has emerged as a looser as it dramatically shuffled down to the 68th place in the Henley Passport Index.

Henley & Partners annually publishes a ranking measuring which passports are the most powerful. Power, in this case, is based on the countries its holders can enter without prior visa approval.

According to the report, our passport guarantees visa-free travel to 75 countries. Last year, the country was ranked 66th, in 2018 it was 65th, although Belarusians could visit 70 countries at that time.

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Meanwhile, Belarus’ closest neighbouring countries have more travel-friendly passports. Lithuania ranked 10th (181 countries without a visa), Latvia 11th (180 countries), Poland 14th (176 countries), Ukraine 41th (128 countries), and Russia 51st (118 countries).

For the third consecutive year, Japan tops the list. The nation’s passport-bearing citizens can enter 191 countries without a visa or a visa on arrival. It is followed by Singapore with 190 destinations, while South Korea and Germany shared the third position with 189.

Several countries around the world have visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to fewer than 40 countries. Among the countries with the worst passports to hold are Yemen (33), Somalia, Pakistan (32), Syria (29), Iraq (28) and Afghanistan (26).