A new study has ranked countries around the world on their ‘travel freedom’ – and Germany has come out on top.

‘Travel freedom’ is the ability for citizens to travel without needing a visa, or where they will receive a visa upon arrival. German passport holders can gain visa-free access to 177 countries and territories, of a total of 218. Germany has held this title since 2014, with Sweden a close second at 176 via-free countries accessible.

The race is close across many developed countries, with France, Finland, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom tying for third with access to 175 countries. On the other end of the spectrum, Somalia, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan were nominated as ‘the worst passports in the world.’

PPE and HSPS applicants should think about what this travel freedom signifies about the countries on this list; the ability to obtain a visa often reflects a level of trust between countries and by proxy their citizens. A country with good diplomatic relations with another country will therefore have more relaxed visa arrangements between them.

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