Henley and Partners (H&P), a global legal firm that deals with immigration, have released their 2012 Visa Restriction Index with no major surprises. The Lebanese passport remains at bottom 10, tied with Nepal. In terms of Arab countries, here is the list of passports to have for a visa-free travel (the number in parentheses represent their global ranking while the final number depicts the number of countries a passport holder can visit without visa restrictions):

  1. Kuwait (62) – 72 countries
  2. United Arab Emirates (64) – 70 countries
  3. Qatar (67) – 67 countries
  4. Bahrain (68) – 66 countries
  5. Tunisia (71) – 62 countries
  6. Oman (72) – 61countries
  7. Saudi Arabia (74) – 59 countries
  8. Mauritania (79) – 54 countries
  9. Morocco (82) – 51 countries
  10. Algeria (88) – 45 countries
  11. Egypt (89) – 44 countries
  12. Jordan (90) – 43 countries
  13. Yemen (92) – 41 countries
  14. Libya (94) – 39 countries
  15. Djibouti (96) – 37 countries
  16. Syria (96) – 37 countries
  17. Sudan (97) – 36 countries
  18. Lebanon (98) – 35 countries
  19. Palestine (100) – 32 countries
  20. Iraq (101) – 30 countries
  21. Somalia (102) – 28 countries

I’ve checked WIkipedia and there seems to be an update of the countries Lebanese passport holders can travel to. Here’s the list with the updates highlighted:

  • Africa
    • Cape Verde
    • Comoros
    • Djibouti
    • Madagascar
    • Mauritius
    • Mozambique
    • Seychelles
    • Togo
    • Uganda
  • Americas
    • Bolivia
    • Dominica
    • Ecuador
    • Haiti
    • Nicaragua
    • Saint Kitts and Nevis
    • Panama
  • Asia
    • Armenia
    • Azerbaijan
    • Bangladesh
    • Cambodia
    • Georgia
    • Jordan
    • Iran
    • Laos
    • Macau
    • Malaysia
    • Maldives
    • Nepal
    • Oman
    • Syria
    • Timor-Leste
  • Europe
    • Kosovo
    • Turkey
  • Oceania
    • Cook Islands
    • Federal States of Micronesia
    • Niue
    • Palau
    • Samoa
    • Tuvalu
Beirut Airport

Beirut Airport

Over the past two years (since I first blogged about the H&P Visa Restriction Index and the list of countries Lebanese can visit), I have received numerous emails and comments which follow the same line: “I contacted XYZ embassy and they said that I need a visa; your information is wrong”. Let me repeat, H&P collect their information from the IATA Travel Center. The list of countries Lebanese can visit is pulled from WIkipedia where each entry is linked to an article or webpage that confirms the visa-free travel information. Visa information, especially for low-ranking passport holders like Lebanon, is notorious inconsistent and can change overnight without notice. Similarly countries may announce visa-free travel to certain nationalities but never implement it on the ground.

[important]This post is supposed to be taken at face value – please do not plan your trips based on what you read here but rather contact the embassy of the country you plan to travel to in order to get the most accurate information. The focus of this post is the big picture of where a Lebanese passport stands in rankings, not the actual specifics.[/important]