Palestinian passport ranks 5th worst for visa restrictions
Published Thursday 03/10/2013 (updated) 06/10/2013 17:23
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian passports have been ranked fifth worst in the world in terms of visa restrictions to access other countries, a report published by a global consulting firm says.
Henley & Partners analyzed visa regulations around the world and published a comprehensive list detailing the restrictions a holder of each passport faces.
Afghanistan came at the bottom of the list, with citizens able to enter only 28 countries without a visa, the report said.
The UK, Finland, and Sweden ranked jointly at the top, with passport holders able to visit 173 countries without applying for a visa.
Palestine came fifth from the bottom, with passport holders able to access 36 countries without a visa, ahead of Pakistan, Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Seven Arab or Islamic countries were ranked in the bottom 10 countries for freedom of international travel.
Palestinian-American comedian Amer Zahr responded to the news on Twitter: "Today I heard the Palestinian passport is the 5th-worst to have in the entire world. I was shocked! We have passports?!?"