The Passport Index ranks countries based on the number of nations where residents can go without purchasing a visa in advance or on arrival.
For example, a Switzerland citizen can fly to 157 countries without ever showing a visa. This makes international travel cheaper and easier than it is for citizens of many other countries such as Afghanistan, who can only enter 24 countries without a visa.
Global financial advisory firm Arton Capital compiled government data from 193 countries and six territories to create the 2016 ranking.
Here are the 13 highest-ranking countries and the number of countries their citizens can visit without a visa.
- Sweden, Germany = 158 countries
- Finland, France, Switzerland, Spain, The United Kingdom = 157 countries
- Norway, South Korea, Belgium, The Netherlands, Italy, Denmark = 156 countries
- Singapore, Luxembourg, Austria, Portugal, United States of America
- Greece, Ireland, Japan = 154 countries
- Canada, New Zealand = 153 countries
- Czech Republic, Hungary = 152 countries
- Malta, Malaysia, Iceland, Ausralia = 151 countries
- Poland = 150 countries
This is how East African Community countries fair...
- Kenya = 65 countries (Global power rank = 64)
- Tanzanian = 62 countries (Global power rank = 65)
- Uganda 50 countries (Global power rank = 69)
- Rwanda = 48 countries (Global power rank = 79)
- Burundi = 42 countries (Global power rank = 87)
- South Sudan = 36 countries (Global power rank = 91)