he Visa Restriction Index is a global ranking of countries according to travel freedom their citizens enjoy. The visa regulations of all the countries and territories in the world have been analysed. It has created an index which ranks countries according to the visa-free access its citizens enjoy to other countries. The index is produced in cooperation with The International Air Transport Association (IATA), which is the trade association for the world’s airlines.
How to read the index: Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom rank as number one as citizens of these countries can travel without a visa to 173 other countries. This means that the countries that rank number one have visa-free travel arrangements with 173 other countries in place.
Note: The Index contains the following assumptions:
There are 219 destination countries (territories) in total. The maximum attainable score is 218 (one point is subtracted to account for a national traveling to their own country, with the exception of nationals who must hold a visa to re-enter their home country, and for nationals of countries not considered as a destination. The latter group can therefore reach a max. score of 219);
The list was created with regulations valid as of 1 July 2013. It takes into account the new visa regime in Kosovo (effective 1 July), visa exemptions applicable to nationals of Croatia as a new member of the European Union (effective 1 July), and temporary visa exemptions in Albania, for nationals of some GCC member states (effective between June and September 2013). It does not reflect the new visa regime in Senegal (effectively enforced from 1 August);
Nationality ‘United Kingdom (Great Britain)’ is understood as holding a ‘British Citizen’ passport.
Territories dependent on the United Kingdom hold British passports. The following are not considered as ‘nation- alities’:
Anguilla, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Isl., Virgin Islands (British)
The following are also considered as destinations with the travel rules applicable as follows: Andorra and Monaco – travel rules for France applied;
Liechtenstein – travel rules for Switzerland applied;
San Marino and Vatican City – travel rules for Italy applied;
The following are considered destinations but not as ‘nationalities’:
Territories dependent on Australia: Norfolk Island;
Territories associated with New Zealand: Cook Islands, Niue;
Territories under administration of the USA: Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Samoa, Virgin Islands (American);
Territories under administration of the Netherlands: Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten, Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba; Territories dependent on France: French Guiana, French Polynesia, French West Indies, Mayotte, New Caledonia, Reunion.