Sri Lanka passport one of world’s 10 worst for travel
The Sri Lankan passport has been ranked as one of the 10 worst in the world for those wishing to travel overseas. According to the 2013 Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index, a global ranking system based on the freedom of travel for countries’ citizens, Sri Lankans face similar restrictions to people from Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, Pakistan, Eritrea, Palestine, Nepal, the Sudan, Kosovo and the Lebanon.
The index ranks 219 countries, and measures the number of countries and territories that people can visit without needing a visa. Finland, Sweden and the UK topped the ranking with 173, compared to a pretty measly 32 for Sri Lanka.
Visa restrictions are an important tool for governments to control the movement of foreign nationals across borders,” Henley & Partners said. “Visas are a standard requirement for most countries as certain non-nationals wish to enter their territory.
“Visa requirements are also an indication of the relationship between individual nations and the status of a country within the international community of nations,” it added.
Unfortunately, this would seem to suggest that Sri Lanka’s status in the international community is not especially high.
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