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HUNGARIAN PASSPORT AMONG THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL

Hungary has ranked tenth on the 2016 Henley & Partners Global Visa Restrictions Index, which provides insight into the number of countries holders of a certain nation’s passport can travel to without visa restrictions.

While Hungary has fallen back one position on the list, it continues to share the best place on the 218-nation index among former Communist nations together with the Czech Republic.

Similarly to the previous year, the Henley & Partners index is led by Germany, the citizens of which are allowed visa-free access to a total of 177 countries and territories. Sweden is the runner-up, but subsequent positions are shared among larger groups of countries.

Only 21 of the 199 analysed countries retained their position since last year, with no country falling over three positions on the list. According to the survey, this means that the possibilities of visa-free movement have expanded over the previous year. Progressing 33 places on the list, East Timor made the most spectacular progress since last year, followed by Colombia and the Pacific nations of Palau and Tonga.

The nations with the ten most powerful passports are:

1. Germany
2. Sweden
3. Finland
3. France
3. Italy
3. Spain
3. United Kingdom
4. Belgium
4. Denmark
4. The Netherlands
4. United States
5. Austria
5. Japan
5. Singapore
6. Canada
6. Ireland
6. Luxembourg
6. Norway
6. Portugal
6. South Korea
6. Switzerland
7. Greece
7. New Zealand
8. Australia
9. Malta
10. Hungary
10. Czech Republic
10. Iceland

The survey’s findigs are supported by a January report issued by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), which claimed that it has never been easier to travel around the world due to increasingly relaxed visa policies. via hungarytoday.hu

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