China Ranked 87th in Global Freedom of Movement Survey

By Daniel Mannering, March 4, 2016

1 0

Ever wondered which nation boasts the most potent passport? A report from Henley & Partners entitled 'The Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index 2016' can tell you just that.

Freedom of movement and the ability to travel the world has opened up over the last few decades, but of course it’s still limited to a degree by the passport you carry.

Ranking 199 countries according to the freedom of travel afforded to their citizens, the British immigration and citizenship corporation revealed the German passport holds the top spot, with access to an incredible 177 countries. That may come as a surprise to Americans and Brits, who often lay claim to this title.

Gathering intel from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), an organization the index claims has the largest travel information database, each country was awarded one point per country their citizens could enter freely without the necessity of a visa, as of January 1, 2016.

Passports-International-Travel-Ranked-China-2016-Map.jpg

The top 10 are as follows:

1. Germany — 177
2. Sweden — 176
3. Finland, France, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom — 175
4. Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, United States — 174
5. Austria, Japan, Singapore — 173
6. Canada, The Republic of Ireland,  South Korea , Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland — 172
7. Greece, New Zealand — 171
8. Australia — 169
9. Malta — 168
10. Hungary, Czech Republic, Iceland — 167

China, meanwhile, occupies 87th place on the list alongside Cambodia, allowing free access to just 50 countries. That's less than Uzbekistan (85th – 52 countries) and Thailand (67th – 71 countries).

Greater China regions ranked significantly higher, with Hong Kong sitting in 20th place achieving a score of 154 and Macau in 40th with 120.

The country hitting the bottom of the list as the most restrictive went to Afghanistan at 104th, which has access to just 25 countries, followed closely by Pakistan and Iraq at 29 and 30 respectively.

[Images via Henley & Parnters, PassportIndex]

more news

China-US Travel Could Return to Normal by August: CDC

Chinese experts and lawmakers believe that vaccine passports could facilitate the removal of mandatory quarantines for travelers.

6 Staggering Stats on China's Billionaire Ballers

With the release of the Hurun Global Rich List 2021, China has cemented itself as the billionaire capital of the world.

Now Japan is Bummed Out Over China’s Anal COVID-19 Tests

It seems like anal swabs are here to stay.

China Removes Term Limits for Chinese President

If approved, it would clear the way for Xi Jinping to stay on for another term as Chinese President.

China Issues First-Ever Inter-Province Residence Permit

Malaysian citizen Weng Wenxing, who resides in Suzhou, received the new Shanghai Residence Permit for Overseas Talent.

Chinese Migrants, Lost Mines & Ghost Towns on New 'China Untold' Episode

Chinese people were significant players in the rise and fall of resource towns in western Canada in the 1800s and 1900s.

Xi Jinping Announces Victory over Extreme Poverty in China

He declared this victory over rural poverty as he enters the final year of his second term.

Did China Really Give US Diplomats Anal Swab Tests?

Anal swab testing was popularized in January after a nine-year-old student tested positive in Beijing.

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at thatsonline for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

7 Days in China With thatsmags.com

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday

Subscribe

Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's Magazines!

Visit the archives