Top 10 Worst Passports

Some passports are worse than others. They offer far less visa-free travel around the world. That means that you have to make sure you have a visa before getting on a plane or crossing a border for most countries you decide to visit. Which countries have the worst passports? Here’s our Top 10 Worst Passports list:

 

10. Eritrea

Eritrean Passport By Noble (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0), GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

by Noble / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

It is a collection of various former kingdoms and vassal states of the former Ethiopian and Ottoman Empires. Eritrea had to fight its way to independence with Ethiopia in the early 1990s and fought Ethiopia again in the late 1990s. It has had conflicts with neighbouring Djibouti as well. So as a recent, conflict-torn member of the UN, it’s not surprising that an Eritrean passport does not offer its holder a lot of visa-free travel. You can travel visa-free to 38 countries:

Visas for Eritreans

Map from Presentation Magazine. Red = Visa Yellow = Visa on Arrival Green = No visa

Country Requirement Country Requirement Country Requirement
Bolivia Visa on Arrival Madagascar Visa on Arrival Samoa Entry Permit on Arrival
Burkina Faso Visa on Arrival Maldives Visa on Arrival Seychelles Visitors Permit on Arrival
Cambodia Visa on Arrival Mauritania Visa on Arrival Singapore No Visa
Cape Verde Visa on Arrival Mauritius Visa on Arrival Somalia Visa on arrival
and invitation letter from sponsor submitted 2 days prior
Comoros Visa on Arrival Micronesia No Visa South Sudan Visa on Arrival
Cuba Tourist card obtained in advance
via travel agency, airline, or embassy
Mozambique Visa on Arrival Sri Lanka Electronic Travel Authorization
Djibouti Visa on Arrival Nepal Visa on Arrival Sudan Visa on Arrival
Dominica No Visa Oman Visa on Arrival Tajikistan Visa on Arrival
Guinea-Bissau Visa on Arrival Palau Visa on Arrival Timor-Leste Visa on Arrival
Haiti No Visa Philippines No Visa Togo Visa on Arrival
Iran Visa on Arrival Rwanda Visa on Arrival Tuvalu Visa on Arrival
Laos Visa on Arrival Saint Vincent
and the Grenadines
No Visa Uganda No Visa
        Zambia Visa on Arrival

 

9. Libya

Libyan Passport By Maher27777 (Own work) [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

[Public Domain]

The land of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi has been torn apart by 2 civil wars in recent years and unrest abounds as factions – including radical Islamic extremists – fighting for power cause instability and violence. It’s not quite Afghanistan … yet. As expected, a Libyan passport does not open many doors; only 38 countries allow visa-free access to Libyan citizens: 

Visas for Libyans

Map from Presentation Magazine. Red = Visa Yellow = Visa on Arrival Green = No visa

Country Requirement Country Requirement Country Requirement Country Requirement
Algeria No Visa Haiti No Visa Maldives Visa on Arrival Tajikistan Visa on Arrival
Burkina Faso Visa on Arrival Indonesia Visa on Arrival Mauritania No Visa Tanzania Visa on Arrival
Cambodia Visa on Arrival Iran eVisa Montserrat eVisa Timor-Leste Visa on Arrival
Colombia eVisa Jordan Visa on Arrival Mozambique Visa Arrival Togo Visa on Arrival
Comoros Visa on Arrival South Korea Visa on Arrival Nepal Visa on Arrival Tunisia No Visa
Djibouti Visa on Arrival Laos Visa on Arrival Rwanda Visa on Arrival Turkey No Visa
Dominica No Visa Lebanon Visa on Arrival Saint Vincent
and the Grenadines
No Visa Uganda Visa on Arrival
Ecuador No Visa Macau Visa on Arrival Seychelles Visa on Arrival Vietnam eVisa
Georgia eVisa Madagascar Visa on Arrival Somalia Visa on Arrival Zimbabwe eVisa
Guinea-Bissau Visa on Arrival Malaysia No Visa
(14 day maximum stay)
Sri Lanka Visa on Arrival    

There is a discrepancy between the overall count of 38 countries – as measured by Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index 2014 – and the total from the above tables (which includes two territories). As Libya is in a volatile situation, it may be that visa requirements have recently changed.

 

8. Sudan

Sudanese Passport By Serongadamwiki (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

[Public Domain]

As in Eritrea’s case, Sudan has suffered internal strife and ethnic conflict including 2 civil wars and the war in the Darfur region. With a poor human rights record and refugees and those guilty of war crimes, it is no surprise that a Sudan passport does not get you lots of visa-free travel. You can travel visa-free to 38 countries:

Visas for Sudanese

Map from Presentation Magazine. Red = Visa Yellow = Visa on Arrival Green = No visa

Country Requirement Country Requirement Country Requirement Country Requirement
Bangladesh Visa on Arrival Gambia Visa on Arrival Mauritania Visa on Arrival Seychelles No Visa
Cambodia Visa on Arrival Guinea-Bissau Visa on Arrival Micronesia No Visa Somalia No Visa
Cape Verde Visa on Arrival Haiti No Visa Mozambique Visa on Arrival Sri Lanka Visa on Arrival
Comoros Visa on Arrival Laos Visa on Arrival Nepal Visa on Arrival Timor-Leste Visa on Arrival
Cook Islands No Visa Lebanon No Visa Nicaragua Visa on Arrival Togo Visa on Arrival
Djibouti Visa on Arrival Macau Visa on Arrival Niue No Visa Tuvalu No Visa
Dominica No Visa Madagascar Visa on Arrival Palau No Visa Uganda Visa on Arrival
Ecuador No Visa Malaysia No Visa Saint Kitts
and Nevis
No Visa Zambia Visa on Arrival
Egypt No Visa Maldives Visa on Arrival Saint Vincent
and the Grenadines
No Visa    
Eritrea Visa on Arrival Mali No Visa Samoa No Visa    

 

7. Syria

Syrian Passport By Stratforder (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

by Stratforder / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

Another country wracked by civil war with violent extremism – the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has been among the most violent terrorist groups ever – and extreme instability. This restricts Syrian citizens from visa-free travel in much of the world. Holders of Syrian passports can visit 38 countries visa-free:

Visas for Syrians

Map from Presentation Magazine. Red = Visa Yellow = Visa on Arrival Green = No visa

Country Requirement Country Requirement Country Requirement Country Requirement
Cambodia Visa on Arrival Haiti No Visa Micronesia No Visa Tajikistan Visa on Arrival
Cape Verde Visa on Arrival Iran No Visa Mozambique Visa on Arrival Tanzania Visa on Arrival
Comoros Visa on Arrival Jordan No Visa Nepal Visa on Arrival Timor-Leste Visa on Arrival
Dominica No Visa Madagascar Visa on Arrival Palau Visa on Arrival Togo Visa on Arrival
Ecuador No Visa Malaysia No Visa Samoa Visa on Arrival Turkey No Visa
Georgia eVisa Maldives Visa on Arrival Seychelles Visa on Arrival Tuvalu Visa on Arrival
Guinea-Bissau Visa on Arrival Mauritania No Visa Sudan No Visa Uganda Visa on Arrival
            Yemen Visa on Arrival

The total number of visa-free countries on the Wikipedia page is far less than the official count of 38 visa-free countries given by the Visa Restrictions Index. This may reflect the fluid situation in Syria. The Wikipedia page is sourced from IATA’s data base.

 

6. Nepal

Nepali Passport By Prameya Bhandari (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

[Public Domain]

A decade-long civil war was fought between Communist Party insurgents and the Nepalese monarchy. The violence is now over and negotiations are moving slowly towards either reforming or abolishing the monarchy. Landlocked between India – with which it has close relations – and China, Nepal is a very poor nation. It has least-developed status, and perhaps worries about economic migration keep its passport holders restricted to only 37 visa-free countries

Visas for Nepalis

Map from Presentation Magazine. Red = Visa Yellow = Visa on Arrival Green = No visa

Country Requirement Country Requirement Country Requirement Country Requirement
Boliva Visa on Arrival India Freedom of Movement
to live and work by treaty
Micronesia No Visa Sao Tome and Principe eVisa
Cambodia Visa on Arrival Iran Visa on Arrival Mozambique Visa on Arrival Seychelles Visa on Arrival
Cape Verde Visa on Arrival Kenya Visa on Arrival Myanmar eVisa Somalia Visa on arrival
with invitation letter from sponsor
Comoros Visa on Arrival Laos Visa on Arival Pakistan No Visa Sri Lanka Electronic Travel Authorization
Djibouti Visa on Arrival Madagascar Visa on Arrival Palau Visa on Arrival Tanzania Visa on Arrival
Dominica No Visa Malawi No Visa Philippines No Visa Timor-Leste Visa on Arrival
The Gambia No Visa Maldives Visa on Arrival Rwanda eVisa Togo Visa on Arrival
Guinea-Bissau Visa on Arrival Mauritania Visa on Arrival Saint Vincent
and the Grenadines
No Visa Tuvalu Visa on Arrival
Haiti No Visa Mauritius Visa on Arrival Samoa Visa on Arrival Uganda Visa on Arrival

The number of countries in the above tables on Nepal are less than the total official number in the Visa Restrictions Index. Both are based on IATA data but may have been compiled at different dates.

 

5. Palestinian Territory

Palestinian Passport By Stratforder (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

by Stratforder / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

Questions of statehood and negotiations or confrontations with neighbour Israel make Palestine an unstable place with few countries offering Palestinian citizens visa-free travel. The number of countries that do so is 35:

Visas for Pakistanis

Map from Presentation Magazine. Red = Visa Yellow = Visa on Arrival Green = No visa

Country Requirement Country Requirement Country Requirement Country Requirement
Bangladesh Visa on Arrival Haiti No Visa Mozambique Visa on Arrival Tuvalu No Visa
Bolivia Visa on Arrival India Electronic Travel Authorization Nicaragua No Visa Uganda Visa on Arrival
Burundi Visa on Arrival Iran Visa on Arrival Niue No Visa Zambia Visa on Arrival
Cambodia Visa on Arrival Jordan Visa on Arrival Palau Visa on Arrival Zimbabwe Visa on Arrival
Comoros Visa on Arrival Laos Visa on Arrival Saint Vicent and the Grenadines No Visa    
Cook Islands No Visa Malaysia No Visa Seychelles No Visa    
Dominica Visa on Arrival Maldives No Visa Sri Lanka Visa on Arrival    
Ecuador No Visa Micronesia No Visa Timor-Leste Visa on Arrival    
Guinea-Bissau Visa on Arrival Montserrat eVisa Togo Visa on Arrival    

The total number of countries in these tables is less than the official number in the Visa Restrictions Index. 

 

4. Pakistan

Pakistani Passport By Mike35741 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

by Mike35741 / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

The country that Obama Bin Laden used to lay low for years after 9/11 is not overflowing with reciprocal visa-free travel arrangements with its fellow nations. Even if the Pakistani diaspora is spread around the world. This means that a Pakistani passport gets you visa-free travel to just 32 countries:

Visas for Pakistanis

Map from Presentation Magazine. Red = Visa Yellow = Visa on Arrival Green = No visa

Country Requirement Country Requirement Country Requirement Country Requirement
Bahrain eVisa Kenya Visa on Arrival Nepal Visa on Arrival Togo Visa on Arrival
Cape Verde Visa on Arrival Madagascar Visa on Arrival Palau Visa on Arrival Trinidad and Tobago Visa on Arrival
Comoros Visa on Arrival Maldives Visa on Arrival Saint Vicent and the Grenadines No Visa Tuvalu Visa on Arrival
Djibouti Visa on Arrival Mauritania Visa on Arrival Samoa Visa on Arrival Uganda Visa on Arrival
Dominica No Visa Micronesia No Visa Seychelles Visa on Arrival Vanuatu Visa on Arrival
Guinea-Bissau Visa on Arrival Mozambique Visa on Arrival Tanzania Visa on Arrival    
Haiti No Visa Myanmar eVisa Timor-Leste Visa on Arrival    

The total number of countries in these tables is less than the official number in the Visa Restrictions Index.

 

3. Somalia

Somali Passport By Stratforder (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

by Stratforder / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

Civil wars, battling warlords, Islamic extremists. Add in Somali pirates hijacking large vessels on open waters to demand huge ransoms and you have a country that topped the Failed States Index from 2008 to 2013. Like Pakistan, visa-free travel is only available to 32 countries according to the Visa Restrictions Index. 

Visas for Somalis

Map from Presentation Magazine. Red = Visa Yellow = Visa on Arrival Green = No visa

Country Requirement Country Requirement Country Requirement Country Requirement
Anguilla No Visa Georgia Visa on Arrival Maldives Visa on Arrival Saint Kitts and Nevis Visa on Arrival
Bangladesh Visa on Arrival Guinea-Bissau Visa on Arrival Mali Visa on Arrival Saint Vincent and the Grenadines No Visa
Burkina Faso Visa on Arrival Guyana Visa on Arrival Mauritania Visa on Arrival Samoa Visa on Arrival
Cambodia Visa on Arrival Haiti No Visa Micronesia No Visa Seychelles Visa on Arrival
Cape Verde Visa on Arrival Laos Visa on Arrival Mozambique Visa on Arrival Sri Lanka Visa on Arrival
Comoros Visa on Arrival Lebanon Visa on Arrival Niue No Visa Timor-Leste Visa on Arrival
Cook Islands Visa on Arrival Macau Visa on Arrival Palau Visa on Arrival Togo Visa on Arrival
Djibouti Visa on Arrival Madagascar Visa on Arrival Philippines No Visa Tuvalu Visa on Arrival
Dominica No Visa Malaysia No Visa Rwanda Visa on Arrival Uganda Visa on Arrival

The number of countries in the above tables is greater than the number given by the official Visa Restrictions Index. Somalian visas are likely re-evaluated continually so it is best to check back frequently with the relevant embassies.

 

2. Iraq

Iraqi Passport By NobleNoble (Own workOwn work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0), GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

by Noble / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

As the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS) battles with Iraqi forces it is now over a decade since Iraq has been engulfed in war or civil war and conflict. Who is in charge of what continually changes. That means Iraqi citizens have visa-free travel available to them in only 31 countries:

Visas for Iraqis

Map from Presentation Magazine. Red = Visa Yellow = Visa on Arrival Green = No visa

Country Requirement Country Requirement Country Requirement Country Requirement
Cape Verde Visa on Arrival Laos Visa on Arrival Mozambique Visa on Arrival Togo Visa on Arrival
Comoros Visa on Arrival Lebanon Visa on Arrival Palau Visa on Arrival Turkey Visa on Arrival
Djibouti Visa on Arrival Madagascar Visa on Arrival Samoa Visa on Arrival Tuvalu Visa on Arrival
Dominica No Visa Malaysia Visa on Arrival Seychelles Visa on Arrival Uganda Visa on Arrival
Ecuador No Visa Maldives Visa on Arrival Sri Lanka Electronic Travel Authorization Yemen Visa on Arrival
Guinea-Bissau Visa on Arrival Mauritania Visa on Arrival Tanzania Visa on Arrival    
Haiti No Visa Micronesia No Visa Timor-Leste Visa on Arrival    

The total number of countries in these tables is less than the official Visa Requirement Index total of 31.

 

1. Afghanistan

Afghani Passport By Stratforder (Government of Afghanistan) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

[Public Domain]

No surprise that the country torn apart by decades of civil wars and religious strife and that has centuries of instability, conquest, and rebellion should be at the top of our list. Who controls what part of the country is difficult to tell at times and refugees as well as terrorists are constantly crossing the border into neighbouring countries. The list of visa-free countries that holders of Afghan passports can travel to is the lowest in the world at 28

Visa options for Afghanis

Map from Presentation Magazine. Red = Visa Yellow = Visa on Arrival Green = No visa

Country Requirement Country Requirement Country REquirement
Bangladesh Visa on Arrival Madagascar Visa on Arrival Samoa Visa on Arrival
Cape Verde Visa on Arrival Maldives Visa on Arrival Seychelles Visa on Arrival
Comoros Visa on Arrival Mauritania Visa on Arrival Sri Lanka Electronic Travel Authorization
Djibouti Visa on Arrival Micronesia No Visa Timor-Leste Visa on Arrival
Dominica No Visa Mozambique Visa on Arrival Togo Visa on Arrival
Guinea-Bissau Visa on Arrival Palau Visa on Arrival Tuvalu Visa on Arrival
Haiti No Visa Saint Vincent and the Grenadines No Visa Ugandu Visa on Arrival

The totals in these tables are less than the total number of visa-free countries in the official Visa Restrictions Index. As with Iraq, it is best to frequently check with the relevant embassies to see what the latest visa requirements are.


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