Thailand 72nd in visa-free travel index
published : 14 Oct 2015 at 20:45
writer: Saritdet Marukatat
How easily can Thai passport holders travel to other parts of the world compared to the citizens of other countries?
The answer lies in the annual Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index, which placed Thailand at 72nd in the survey this year.
The Thai passport gives its holder the right to enter 69 countries visa-free, putting them in 72nd position of 219 countries or territories in the recently launched survey.
It did not goes into detail on the Thai ranking. But the Foreign Ministry's Consular Affairs Department says 69 countries are open to those who travel with an official passport, while ordinary passports can only get the holder into 28 countries with no need to apply for a visa.
The ranking is based on the number of countries which have visa-free access to other countries in cooperation with the International Air Transport Association.
German and UK passports were in first place as holders can enter 173 countries with a no-visa requirement, while the Afghanistan passport was ranked last with only 25 countries available.
The Singapore passport came first in Southeast Asia and fifth in the world with 169 countries allowed for a visa-free entry, followed by Malaysia in ninth with 163 available countries and Brunei at 18 with 150 countries.
The Philippines was placed at 79 with 60 countries, Indonesia at 83 with 55 countries and Cambodia at 91 with 47 countries.
Laos and Vietnam were both two positions below Cambodia with 45 countries. Myanmar rounded out the index for Asean members at 98 with 40 countries.