Cambodia ranks 50 in HP visa restriction index

  • The Cambodian passport is among of the weakest of the planet. Cambodians can enter freely to only 50 countries.
  • The strongest Southeast Asian passport is the one of Brunei, entering 150 countries, 100 more than Cambodia.
  • The Cambodian passport is the 5th strongest Southeast Asian passport after Brunei, Thailand, Philippines and Indonesia. Cambodia wins to Vietnam, Burma and even China.  

Henley & Partners puts Cambodia in the 50th place on its visa restriction index for 2014. It means that a Cambodian citizen can enter to just 50 countries of the world without a previous visa. The index is a global ranking of countries according to the travel freedom that their citizens enjoy. Cambodia wins for one place to Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Madagascar, Nigeria and Turkmenistan, whose citizens don’t need previous visa to enter to 49 countries of the planet, and it is behind for one place to Bhutan, Mongolia and Mozambique that do not need visa for 51 countries. 

The strongest passports of the world, the number one, is made by citizens from Finland, Germany, Sweden, USA and United Kingdom, who can enter freely to 174 countries – they visit embassies very seldom. The second place is made by Canada and Denmark (173), the third by Belgium, France, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Luxembourg, Portugal and Spain (172) and the 4th place is shared by Austria, Ireland and Norway (171).

The weakest passports of the world are Nepal (37), Palestine (35), Pakistan and Somalia (32), Iraq (31) and the last, weakest, with the 94th position is Afghanistan with only 28 countries allowing free entrance to its citizens. Now well, between Afghanistan and Cambodia the difference is only of 22 countries!

In Southeast Asia the strongest passports are hold by citizens from Brunei that can enter to 150 countries without visa, sharing the 17th position with Argentina and Monaco. There is a great abyss going to the second strongest Southeast Asian passport: Thai citizens can enter to only 69 countries! It means that the difference between Thailand and Cambodia is only 19 countries more for Thai people, sharing position with Bahrain and Malawi. The third strongest Southeast Asian passport is the Filipino in the 68th position with 62 countries. The 4th is Indonesia with 56 countries and the 5th is Cambodia.

In its region, Cambodia wins to Vietnam with only 47 countries and Myanmar with 42. The Cambodian passport is even strongest than the Chinese, whose citizens need visa for 45 countries.

The index reveals the deep division of our planet between rich and poor countries, since the weakest passports belong to the poorest nations. Visa restrictions is, without doubt, a wall in our planet.

Curiously, most countries of the world can enter Cambodia without a previous visa. Only citizens from 11 countries need to visit a Cambodian embassy to apply for a visa: Afghanistan, Algeria, Arabia Saudi, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Nigeria.

The Cambodian passport, by the way, is also one of the most expensive of the world, though there has been efforts to reduce its price. I will get information about it.


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About Albeiro Rodas

Albeiro Rodas (in Cambodia Sky Ly Samnang), is a MA in Digital Communication, independent journalist and a Salesian of Don Bosco from Amalfi, Colombia, based in Cambodia since 1999. He is the creator of the Don Bosco schools of journalism in Sihanoukville and Kep with young people from poor communities and the founder of the Don Bosco Kep Children Fund. Medal for Social Commitment UPB (2010); among the 100 more upstanding Colombians abroad (Marca Colombia, 2012, and among the 12 Colombians that are making this a better world 2013 (

One response to “Cambodia ranks 50 in HP visa restriction index”

  1. Tyler says :

    What are the 50 countries?

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