TIRANA, January 8
As Henley and Partners point out a passport to some means freedom and other restriction. What about Albanian passport holders?
Every citizen that holds an Albanian passport can travel to 114 world countries without a visa, a visa on arrival or an electronic travel authorization eTA according to the 2020 Henley and Partners Passport Index. The country ranks 54th in 2020 with 114 visa-free access destinations and 112 visa-required countries.
Albania dropped down six places compared to the 2019 index when it ranked 48th granting its citizens the opportunity to visit 116 countries without a visa. Djibouti and Benin are not in the 2020 list.
In the meantime, the citizens of Kosovo, which is the only country in the Balkan region under the Schengen visa regime, can travel to 40 countries. Kosovo ranked 99th.
Meanwhile, passport holders from the countries of the region can travel to more countries compared to Albanians.
Bosnia and Herzegovina ranked 52nd with visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 117 countries
Montenegro ranked 46th with visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 124 destinations
North Macedonia ranked 47th with visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 123 destinations
Serbia ranked 39th with visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 133 destinations
Japan tops the 2020 list of the world’s most powerful passports
The passport that opens more doors around the world is the Japanese passport with visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 191 destinations.
Singapore ranks second with 190 countries while South Kore and Germany rank both third with access to 189 countries.
On the other hand, the less-friendly passports are the Syrian, the Iraqi, and the Afghani passports.
Check out the visa-free access destinations for Albanian passport holders and plan your 2020 adventures
* visa on arrival ** eTA
Hong Kong (SAR China)
Macao (SAR China)
Sri Lanka **
Cape Verde Islands *
Comores Islands *
Palau Islands *
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Antigua and Barbuda
Bonaire; St. Eustatius and Saba
French West Indies
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
The Henley Passport Index has been published since 2006 in cooperation with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which maintains the world’s largest tourism information database.
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Find out more HERE
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Source/Photo Credit: Henley and Partners Index
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