Date: 3 weeks ago   Category: Politics

We lose visa-free travel. Ukraine in the rating of passports


In the middle of 2019 the Index of appeal of passports underwent changes because of changes in visa policy. Ukraine fell by four positions in rating the Index of passports of the world of the Swiss consulting company Henley & Partners estimating them over the number of the countries which can be visited without visas. Till 2017 when earned a visa-free regime with the EU, Ukraine took the 99th place in rating. In a year the Ukrainian passport entered already in top-40, but in the middle of 2019 fell by the 44th place. The correspondent.net tells details. Fell not only Ukraine According to the statement of originators the Index of grazhdanstvo of the world tries to give the most objective assessment to value and appeal of various grazhdanstvo of the world. Grazhdanstvo, but not the countries as possibilities of the person are influenced not only by living conditions in the country where he was born, but also availability to moving to other states. Experts of Henley & Partners made rating on the basis of the analysis of foreign policy, economic and social factors proceeding from which built passports on degree of the general appeal. In the middle of 2019 first place in the Index is won by Japan and Singapore which passports allow to visit without visa of 189 countries of the world. Three months ago with them on one line there was South Korea. Now the republic shares the second place together with Germany and Finland (187 countries). It is interesting that till 2018 within five years the German passport was in the lead. Germany lost hegemony because of economic indicators and to less free resettlement in comparison with other European Union countries. Top three in the last rating is closed by Denmark, Italy and Luxembourg (186 countries). On the sixth position there are the United States and Great Britain which headed the Index several years ago. Their citizens can visit 183 countries without visa. Among the countries of the former USSR the passports, most attractive to travel, at Lithuania (the ninth place) and Latvia (the tenth place). Then there is Ukraine, the truth for half a year it fell by the 44th position in connection with change of visa policy of Djibouti and Benin. Now citizens of many countries, including Ukrainians, have to receive the electronic visa instead of the visa on arrival that on methodology of Henley & Partners reduces the level of freedom of the passport. With the passport of Ukraine can visit without visas of 126 countries. First of all, it is about 26 European Union countries (except Britain and Ireland) and four more countries of the Schengen area which do not enter the EU (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland). To visit these countries it is necessary to have the biometric international passport. Are open for owners of the Ukrainian passport of a door to 14 more countries which in rating treat the European region. For example Albania and Vatican. For Ukrainians many countries of Latin America, the Caribbean Region and the Middle East are completely visa-free. In the last few years this list is replenished also with the countries of Oceania. At the same time there is a number of the countries where citizens of Ukraine can go by internal passports (Belarus and Russia

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