Top 11 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 11 Worst Passports list, updated for 2018.

 

11. Palestinian Territory - 44 Countries

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 44:

Visas for Pakistanis

2015 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 Gabon eVisa Maldives Visa on Arrival Somalia Visa on Arrival
Benin Visa on Arrival or eVisa Guinea-Bissau Visa on Arrival or e-Visa Mauritania Visa on Arrival Sri Lanka ETA
Bolivia No Visa India eVisa Micronesia No Visa St Vincent and the Grenadines No Visa
Cambodia eVisa Indonesia No Visa Mozambique Visa on Arrival Swaziland No Visa
Cape Verde Visa on Arrival Iran Visa on Arrival or eVisa Nicaragua No Visa Tanzania Visa on Arrival
Comoros Visa on Arrival Jordan No Visa Palau Visa on Arrival Timor-Leste Visa on Arrival
Cote d'Ivoire Pre-Enrolment Laos Visa on Arrival Qatar eVisa Togo Visa on Arrival
Djibouti eVisa Lesotho eVisa Rwanda Visa on Arrival or eVisa Tuvalu Visa on Arrival
Dominica No Visa Macao Visa on Arrival Saint Lucia Visa on Arrival Uganda Visa on Arrival or eVisa
Ecuador No Visa Madagascar Visa on Arrival Samoa Visa on Arrival Venezuela No Visa
Ethiopia eVisa Malaysia No Visa Seychelles Tourist Registration Zimbabwe Visa on Arrival or eVisa

 

8. Eritrea / Ethiopia / Yemen - 44 Countries

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

We'll focus on Eritrea, as Ethiopia and Yemen are treated essentially in terms of visa requirements.

Eritrea 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 44 countries:

Visas for Eritreans

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 Gabon eVisa Mauritania Visa on Arrival Seychelles Tourist Registration
Benin No Visa Ghana Visa on Arrival Mauritius Visa on Arrival Singapore No Visa
Bolivia Visa on Arrival or eVisa Guinea-Bissau Visa on Arrival or eVisa Micronesia No Visa Somalia Visa on Arrival
Burkina Faso Visa on Arrival Haiti No Visa Mozambique Visa on arrival Sri Lanka ETA
Cambodia Visa on Arrival or eVisa India eVisa Myanmar eVisa St Vincent and the Grenadines No Visa
Cape Verde Visa on Arrival Iran Visa on Arrival Nepal Visa on Arrival Timor-Leste Visa on Arrival
Comoros Visa on Arrival Laos Visa on Arrival Palau Visa on Arrival Togo Visa on Arrival
Cote d'Ivoire Pre-Enrolment Lesotho eVisa Philippines No Visa Turkey Visa on Arrival or eVisa
Djibouti eVisa Macao Visa on Arrival Qatar eVisa Tuvalu Visa on Arrival
Dominica No Visa Madagascar Visa on Arrival Rwanda Visa on Arrival or eVisa Uganda No Visa
Ethiopia eVisa Maldives Visa on Arrival Samoa Visa on Arrival Zambia Visa on Arrival or eVisa

 

7. Sudan - 44 Countries

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

[Public Domain]

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 44 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 Ethiopia eVisa Malaysia No Visa Seychelles Tourist Registration
Benin No Visa Gabon eVisa Maldives Visa on Arrival Somalia Visa on Arrival
Bolivia Visa on Arrival or eVisa Ghana Visa on Arrival Mauritania Visa on Arrival St Vincent and the Grenadines No Visa
Cambodia Visa on Arrival Guinea-Bissau Visa on Arrival or eVisa Micronesia No Visa Syria No Visa
Cape Verde Visa on Arrival Haiti No Visa Moldova No Visa Tanzania Visa on Arrival
Comoros Visa on Arrival Iran Visa on Arrival Nepal Visa on Arrival Timor-Leste Visa on Arrival
Cote d'Ivoire Pre-Enrolment Kenya eVisa Palau Visa on Arrival Togo Visa on Arrival
Djibouti eVisa Lebanon Visa on Arrival Qatar eVisa Turkey Visa on Arrival or eVisa
Dominica No Visa Lesotho eVisa Rwanda Visa on Arrival or eVisa Tuvalu Visa on Arrival
Ecuador No Visa Macao Visa on Arrival Saint Lucia Visa on Arrival Uganda Visa on Arrival or eVisa
Eritrea Visa on Arrival Madagascar Visa on Arrival Samoa Visa on Arrival    

The table might not quite reflect current visa policies. Always check with the Embassy first.

 

6. Libya - 43 Countries

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. As expected, a Libyan passport does not open many doors; only 38 countries allow visa-free access to Libyan citizens: 

Visas for Libyans

2015 Map from Presentation Magazine. Red = Visa Yellow = Visa on Arrival Green = No visa

Country Requirement Country Requirement Country Requirement Country Requirement
Algeria No Visa Ethiopia eVisa Malaysia No Visa Seychelles Tourist Registration
Benin No Visa Gabon eVisa Maldives Visa on Arrival Somalia Visa on Arrival
Bolivia Visa on Arrival or eVisa Ghana Visa on Arrival Mauritania No Visa Sri Lanka Elecronic Travel Authorization
Burkina Faso Visa on Arrival Guinea-Bissau Visa on Arrival or eVisa Micronesia No Visa St Vincent and the Grenadines No Visa
Cambodia Visa on Arrival or eVisa Haiti No Visa Mozambique Visa on Arrival Tanzania Visa on Arrival
Cape Verde Visa on Arrival Indonesia Visa on Arrival Nepal Visa on Arrival Timor-Leste Visa on Arrival
Comoros Visa on Arrival Iran Visa on Arrival or eVisa Palau Visa on Arrival Togo Visa on Arrival
Cote d'Ivoire Pre-Enrolment Lebanon Visa on Arrival Palestinian Territories No Visa Tunisia No Visa
Djibouti eVisa Lesotho eVisa on Qatar eVisa Tuvalu Visa on Arrival
Dominica No Visa Macao Visa on Arrival Rwanda Visa on Arrival or eVisa Uganda Visa on Arrival or eVisa
Ecuador No Visa Madagascar Visa on Arrival Samoa 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.

 

5. Somalia - 38 Countries

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. Visa-free travel is only available to 38 countries according to the Visa Restrictions Index. 

Visas for Somalis

2015 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 Ethiopia eVisa Malaysia No Visa Seychelles Tourist Registration
Benin No Visa Gabon eVisa Maldives Visa on Arrival Sri Lanka Electronic Travel Authorization
Bolivia Visa on Arrival or eVisa Ghana Visa on Arrival Mauritania Visa on Arrival St Vincent and the Grenadines No Visa
Burkina Faso Visa on Arrival Guinea-Bissau Visa on Arrival Micronesia No Visa Timor-Leste Visa on Arrival
Cambodia Visa on Arrival or eVisa Haiti No Visa Mozambique Visa on Arrival Togo Visa on Arrival
Cape Verde Visa on Arrival Laos Visa on Arrival Palau Visa on Arrival Turkey Visa on Arrival or eVisa
Comoros Visa on Arrival Lebanon Visa on Arrival Palestinian Territories No Visa Tuvalu Visa on Arrival
Cote d'Ivoire Pre-Enrolment Lesotho eVisa Qatar eVisa Uganda Visa on Arrival or eVisa
Djibouti eVisa Macao Visa on Arrival Rwanda Visa on Arrival or eVisa    
Dominica No Visa Madagascar Visa on Arrival Samoa 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.

 

4. Syria - 37 countries

A 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 37 countries visa-free:

Visas for Syrians

2015 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 Gabon eVisa Mauritania No Visa Sudan No Visa
Bolivia Visa on Arrival or eVisa Guinea-Bissau Visa on Arrival or eVisa Micronesia No Visa Tanzania Visa on Arrival
Cambodia Visa on Arrival Haiti No Visa Mozambique Visa on Arrival Timor-Leste Visa on Arrival
Cape Verde Visa on Arrival Iran No Visa Palau Visa on Arrival Togo Visa on Arrival
Comoros Visa on Arrival Lebanon Visa on Arrival Palestinian Territories No Visa Turkey eVisa
Cote d'Ivoire Pre-Enrolment Lesotho eVisa Qatar eVisa Tuvalu Visa on Arrival
Djibouti eVisa Macao Visa on Arrival Rwanda Visa on Arrival or eVisa Uganda Visa on Arrival or eVisa
Dominica No Visa Madagascar Visa on Arrival Samoa Visa on Arrival Yemen Visa on Arrival
Ecuador No Visa Malaysia No Visa Seychelles Tourist Registration    
Ethiopia eVisa Maldives Visa on Arrival Somalia Visa on Arrival    

Discrepancies between the Visa Free Index and this table may reflect the fluid situation in Syria. Check with the Embassy before travelling.

 

3. Pakistan - 36 countries

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 36 countries:

Visas for Pakistanis

2015 Map from Presentation Magazine. Red = Visa Yellow = Visa on Arrival Green = No visa

Country Requirement Country Requirement Country Requirement Country Requirement
Azerbaijan eVisa Gabon eVisa Micronesia No Visa Somalia Visa on Arrival
Bolivia Visa on Arrival or eVisa Guinea-Bissau Visa on Arrival or eVisa Mozambique Visa on Arrival St Vincent and the Grenadines No Visa
Cambodia Visa on Arrival or eVisa Haiti No Visa Myanmar No Visa Tanzania Visa on Arrival
Cape Verde Visa on Arrival Kenya eVisa Nepal Visa on Arrival Timor-Leste Visa on Arrival
Comoros Visa on Arrival Lesotho eVisa Palau Visa on Arrival Togo Visa on Arrival
Cote d'Ivoire Pre-Enrolment Madagascar Visa on Arrival Qatar No Visa Trinidad and Tobago No Visa
Djibouti eVisa Malaysia eVisa Rwanda Visa on Arrival or eVisa Tuvalu Visa on Arrival
Dominica No Visa Maldives Visa on Arrival Samoa Visa on Arrival Uganda Visa on Arrival or eVisa
Ethiopia eVisa Mauritania Visa on Arrival Seychelles Tourist Registration Vanuatu No Visa

 

2. Iraq - 33 Countries

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

2015 Map from Presentation Magazine. Red = Visa Yellow = Visa on Arrival Green = No visa

Country Requirement Country Requirement Country Requirement Country Requirement Country Requirement
Bolivia Visa on Arrival or e-Visa Ethiopia e-Visa Madagascar Visa on Arrival Qatar e-Visa Timor-Leste Visa on Arrival
Cambodia Visa on Arrival Gabon e-Visa Malaysia No Visa Rwanda Visa on Arrival or e-Visa Togo Visa on Arrival
Comoros Visa on Arrival Guinea-Bissau Visa on Arrival or e-Visa Maldives Visa on Arrival Samoa Visa on Arrival Tuvalu Visa on Arrival
Cote d'Ivoire Pre-Enrolment Haiti No Visa Mauritania Visa on Arrival Seychelles Tourist Registration Uganda Visa on Arrival
Djibouti e-Visa Lebanon Visa on Arrival Micronesia No Visa Somalia Visa on Arrival    
Dominica No Visa Lesotho e-Visa Mozambique Visa on Arrival Sri Lanka Electronic Travel Authorization    
Ecuador No Visa Macau Visa on Arrival Palau Visa on Arrival Tanzania Visa on Arrival    

The total number of countries in these tables is less than the official Visa Requirement Index total of 33, so always check with the Embassy before travelling.

 

1. Afghanistan - 30 Countries

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 30

Visa options for Afghanis

2015 Map from Presentation Magazine. Red = Visa Yellow = Visa on Arrival Green = No visa

Country Requirement Country Requirement Country REquirement
Bangladesh Visa on Arrival Guinea-Bissau Visa on Arrival Qatar e-Visa
Bolivia Visa on Arrival Haiti No Visa Rwanda Visa on Arrival or e-Visa
Cambodia Visa on Arrival Lesotho e-Visa Samoa Visa on Arrival
Cape Verde Visa on Arrival Macao Visa on Arrival Seychelles Tourist Registration
Comoros Visa on Arrival Madagascar Visa on Arrival Somalia Visa on Arrival
Cote d'Ivoire Pre-Enrolment Maldives Visa on Arrival St Vincent and the Grenadines No Visa
Djibouti e-Visa Mauritania Visa on Arrival Timor-Leste Visa on Arrival
Dominica No Visa Micronesia No Visa Togo Visa on Arrival
Ethiopia e-Visa Mozambique Visa on Arrival Tuvalu Visa on Arrival
Gabon e-Visa Palau Visa on Arrival Uganda Visa on Arrival

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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