[notice]An update (2012) to this post is available here: Lebanon Remains at the Bottom of Visa Free Travel Index[/notice]
Henley and Partners (H&P), a global legal firm that deals with immigration, has released their 2011 International Visa Restriction List. Last year’s post was a huge hit among readers (and still is the most visited post on this blog) however, there isn’t any good news this year for Lebanese passport holders or even Arabs in general:
Visa restrictions for citizens of some Arab states have tightened in the wake of the Arab Spring that spurred violent uprisings across the region, a new report has found.
Citizens of Bahrain, which imposed martial law and called in Gulf troops after widespread anti-regime protests, have visa-free access to 65 countries – two less than in the previous rankings.
Tunisia, the catalyst behind the Arab Spring revolts, saw its ranking fall to 63, while citizens of Egypt can now only enter 41 countries without visas.
I’m still waiting for H&P to release the complete list but based on selected countries posted on their website, Lebanon stands at the bottom behind Iran and Nepal and ahead of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
A search has turned up two additional countries that Lebanese passport holders can now travel to: Mauritius and Iran. The complete list can be found below:
- Cape Verde
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Cook Islands
- Federal States of Micronesia
Unlike last year where a UK passport was your key to most destinations, this year, passports issued by Denmark, Sweden and Finland will provide you with the most visa-free travel. The UK is in second place, tied with Germany.