BEIRUT: Lebanese passport holders gain admission to 41 countries without restriction, according to the recently released 2018 Henley & Partners rating of countries based on the degree of international travel afforded to their respective citizens.
This places Lebanon as 100th down the list alongside Libya, Bangladesh, and South Sudan, dropping three places from last year out of 106 countries.
Leading this year's Henley & Partners list, Japanese passport holders can travel to 190 countries after it overtook Singapore for top place having gained access to Myanmar, with Germany coming in third place alongside South Korea and France.
The US and the UK, both with 186 destinations, have also slid down one spot — from 4th to 5th place — with neither having gained access to any new jurisdictions since the start of 2018.
With stagnant outbound visa activity compared to Asian high-performers such as Japan, Singapore, and South Korea, it seems increasingly unlikely that the US and the UK will regain the number 1 spot they jointly held in 2015.
What has been most remarkable in recent years is the UAE’s stunning ascent on the Henley Passport Index, from 62nd place in 2006 to 21st place worldwide currently. The UAE now holds the number 1 passport in the Middle East region.
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