When crossing international frontiers one travel document opens more doors than any other and it isn’t a Canadian passport.
According to the 2016 Visa Restrictions Index published by Henley & Partners and released recently German passport holders may enter visa free entry 177 out of 218 countries and territories while Canada ranked sixth with our passport opening 172 doors, two more countries than last year’s index but also two places lower in the overall ranking which is compiled in conjunction with the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
- Finland, France, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom
- Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, United States
- Austria, Japan, Singapore
- Canada, Ireland (Republic), Korea (Republic of, South), Norway, Luxembourg, Portugal, Switzerland
- Greece, New Zealand
- Iceland, Hungary, Czech Republic
Countries are ranked according to the total number of other countries which they can access visa-free.
Could I get worked up about how my home and native land failed to place higher on this index? Perhaps but not needing a visa to visit 79% of all the nations on this little planet isn’t to bad either and having renewed my passport recently for one of the ten-year versions I look forward to wearing it out entering visa-free as many of the 172 nations on the list as possible.
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