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Palestinian passport ranks 5th worst for visa restrictions

Oct. 3, 2013 4:15 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 6, 2013 5:23 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian passports have been ranked fifth worst in the world in terms of visa restrictions to access other countries, a report published by a global consulting firm says.

Henley & Partners analyzed visa regulations around the world and published a comprehensive list detailing the restrictions a holder of each passport faces.

Afghanistan came at the bottom of the list, with citizens able to enter only 28 countries without a visa, the report said.

The UK, Finland, and Sweden ranked jointly at the top, with passport holders able to visit 173 countries without applying for a visa.

Palestine came fifth from the bottom, with passport holders able to access 36 countries without a visa, ahead of Pakistan, Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Seven Arab or Islamic countries were ranked in the bottom 10 countries for freedom of international travel.

Palestinian-American comedian Amer Zahr responded to the news on Twitter: "Today I heard the Palestinian passport is the 5th-worst to have in the entire world. I was shocked! We have passports?!?"
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