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30 countries that face most or least visa restrictions

Last updated on: December 23, 2011 11:02 IST

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Planning to travel abroad on business or pleasure purpose? Well, the bad news is that you would most probably need to go through all the visa hassles.

While Indians need visa to enter almost all countries, there are some nations whose citizens can travel to almost anywhere without any restriction.

Let us have a look at 30 countries, including India, and see how many countries their citizens can visit without a visa, according to Henley and Partners' Henley Visa Restrictions Index - Global Ranking 2011.

Note: The score means the number of countries citizens of that country can travel to without a visa.

India

Rank: 78

Score: 53

India has formal diplomatic relations with most nations, as the world's second most populous country and the world's most-populous democracy and recently as one of the fastest-growing economies in the world.

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Image: Qutub Minar in New Delhi.
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Pakistan

Rank: 99

Score: 31

Pakistan has a 1,046-kilometre coastline along the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman in the south and is bordered by India in the east; Afghanistan and Iran in the west; and China in the far northeast.

In the north, Tajikistan lies adjacent to Pakistan but is separated by the narrow Wakhan Corridor. In addition, Oman is also located in maritime vicinity and shares a marine border with Pakistan.

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Image: A man walks on a road after heavy rain and a hailstorm hit Islamabad.
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Denmark

Rank: 1

Score: 173

Denmark, with a mixed market economy and a large welfare state, ranks as having the world's highest level of income equality.

It has frequently ranked as the happiest and least corrupt country in the world.

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Image: Boats are seen anchored at the 17th century Nyhavn district, home to many shops and restaurants in Copenhagen.
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Sweden

Rank: 1

Score: 173

In 2010, the World Economic Forum ranked Sweden as the second most competitive country in the world, after Switzerland.

Sweden has been a member of the European Union since 1 January 1995 and is a member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

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Image: Lightning strikes the Turning Torso building in Malmo.
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Finland

Rank: 1

Score: 173

It is the eighth-largest country in Europe in terms of area and the most sparsely populated country in the European Union.

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Image: A child slides on snow in front of the Santa Claus' Office in Santa Claus' Village on the Arctic Circle near Rovaniemi, northern Finland.
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Germany

Rank: 2

Score: 172

With 81.8 million inhabitants, it is the most populous member state and the largest economy in the European Union. It is one of the major political powers of the European continent and a technological leader in many fields.

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Image: A Christmas market in front of the Charlottenburg castle in Berlin.
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The United Kingdom

Rank: 3

Score: 171

The United Kingdom is a developed country and has the world's sixth-largest economy by nominal GDP and seventh-largest economy by purchasing power parity.

It was the world's first industrialised country and the world's foremost power during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Image: Tower Bridge in London.
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The Netherlands

Rank: 3

Score: 171

In May 2011, the Netherlands was ranked as the "happiest" country according to results published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

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Image: Dutch woman Tirza Mol rows her gondola, the Netherlands' only one, through the canals of central Amsterdam.
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Luxembourg

Rank: 3

Score: 171

Luxembourg is a member of the European Union, NATO, OECD, the United Nations, and Benelux, reflecting the political consensus in favour of economic, political, and military integration.

The city of Luxembourg, the largest and capital city, is the seat of several institutions and agencies of the EU.

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Image: View of the city of Luxembourg.
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France

Rank: 3

Score: 171

France is a founding member of the United Nations, one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, and a member of the Francophonie, the G8, G20, Nato, OECD, WTO and the Latin Union.

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Image: A general view shows the Champs Elysees Avenue and the Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris.
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Belgium

Rank: 3

Score: 171

Historically, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg were known as the Low Countries, which used to cover a somewhat larger area than the current Benelux group of states.

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Italy

Rank: 3

Score: 171

Italy plays a prominent role in European and global military, cultural and diplomatic affairs. The country's European political, social and economic influence make it a major regional power.

The country has a high public education level and is a highly globalised nation.

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Image: People walk past Duomo Cathedral after a snowfall in Milan.
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Spain

Rank: 4

Score: 170

It is a developed country with the twelfth largest economy in the world by nominal GDP, and high living standards, including the tenth-highest quality of life index rating in the world.

It is a member of the United Nations, European Union, Nato, OECD, and WTO.

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Image: Motorcyclists ride down the central avenue in Madrid.
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Japan

Rank: 4

Score: 170

A major economic power, Japan has the world's third-largest economy by nominal GDP and third-largest economy by purchasing power parity.

It is also the world's fourth-largest exporter and fourth-largest importer.

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Image: The world's steepest roller coaster 'Takabisha' with a free falling angle of 121 degrees is seen at Fuji-Q Highland amusement park in Fujiyoshida, west of Tokyo.
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Norway

Rank: 4

Score: 170

Norway has extensive reserves of petroleum, natural gas, minerals, lumber, seafood, fresh water, and hydropower.

On a per-capita basis, it is the world's largest producer of oil and natural gas outside the Middle East, and the petroleum industry accounts for around a quarter of the country's gross domestic product.

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Portugal

Rank: 4

Score: 170

Portugal is a developed country with an advanced and high-income economy, with a very high Human Development Index.

It has the world's 19th-highest quality-of-life, one of the top health care systems, and it's also one of the world's most globalised and peaceful nations.

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Image: Passengers wait for their trains at Lisbon's subway station. All subway stations in Lisbon have been decorated and designed by painters, sculptors, architects and designers from all over the world.
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Ireland

Rank: 5

Score: 169

In 2005 the Republic of Ireland was ranked the best place to live in the world according to a "quality of life" assessment by The Economist magazine.

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The United States

Rank: 5

Score: 169

The country accounts for 41 per cent of global military spending, and is a leading economic, political, and cultural force in the world.

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Austria

Rank: 6

Score: 168

Austria is one of the richest countries in the world, with a nominal per capita GDP of $48,350 (2011 estimate).

The country has developed a high standard of living and in 2011 was ranked 19th in the world for its Human Development Index.

Austria has been a member of the United Nations since 1955, joined the European Union in 1995, and is a founder of the OECD.

Austria also signed the Schengen Agreement in 1995, and adopted the European currency, the Euro, in 1999.

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Switzerland

Rank: 7

Score: 167

In nominal terms, Switzerland is one of the richest countries in the world by per capita gross domestic product, with a nominal per capita GDP of $75,835.

In 2010, Switzerland had the highest wealth per adult of any country in the world (with $372,692 for each person).

Switzerland also has one of the world's largest account balances as a percentage of GDP.

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New Zealand

Rank: 8

Score: 166

New Zealand is a member of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, Commonwealth of Nations, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Pacific Islands Forum and the United Nations.

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Image: Skyjumper Brad Smith performs a skyjump atop the Sky Tower in Auckland.
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Australia

Rank: 8

Score: 166

Australia is the world's thirteenth-largest economy and has the world's sixth-highest per capita income. Australia's military expenditure is the world's twelfth largest.

With the second-highest human development index globally, Australia ranks highly in many international comparisons of national performance.

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Greece

Rank: 8

Score: 166

A developed country with an advanced, high-income economy and very high standards of living, Greece has been a member of what is now the European Union since 1981 and the eurozone since 2001, NATO since 1952, and the European Space Agency since 2005.

It is also a founding member of the United Nations, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation.

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Canada

Rank: 9

Score: 164

One of the world's most highly-developed countries, Canada has a diversified economy that is reliant upon its abundant natural resources and upon trade - particularly with the United States, with which Canada has had a long and complex relationship.

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Iceland

Rank: 9

Score: 164

Iceland has a free market economy with relatively low taxes compared to other OECD countries, while maintaining a Nordic welfare system providing universal health care and tertiary education for its citizens.

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Singapore

Rank: 9

Score: 164

Singapore is a world leader in several areas: It is the world's fourth-leading financial centre, the world's second-biggest casino gambling market, and the world's third-largest oil refining centre.

The port of Singapore is one of the five busiest ports in the world, most notable for being the busiest transshipment port in the world.

The country is home to more US dollar millionaire households per capita than any other country.

The World Bank notes Singapore as the easiest place in the world to do business.

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South Korea

Rank: 10

Score: 163

It is Asia's fourth-largest economy and the world's 15th (nominal) or 12th (purchasing power parity) largest economy.

The economy is export-driven, with production focusing on electronics, automobiles, ships, machinery, petrochemicals and robotics.

South Korea is a member of the United Nations, WTO, OECD and G-20 major economies. It is also a founding member of APEC and the East Asia Summit.

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Malta

Rank: 11

Score: 160

Malta is internationally renowned as a tourist resort, with numerous recreational areas and historical monuments, including nine Unesco World Heritage Sites, most prominently the Megalithic Temples which are some of the oldest free-standing structures in the world.

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Malaysia

Rank: 12

Score: 158

Malaysia is a relatively open state-oriented and newly industrialised market economy. The state plays a significant but declining role in guiding economic activity through macroeconomic plans.

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Liechtenstein

Rank: 12

Score: 158

Liechtenstein is the smallest yet the richest (by measure of GDP per capita) German-speaking country in the world and the only country to lie entirely within the Alps.

It is known as a principality as it is a constitutional monarchy headed by a prince.


Image: Vaduz Castle in Liechtenstein's capital Vaduz.
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