Global consulting company Henley & Partners have published an index of the best and worst passports in the world to have when it comes to free access to other countries, with the Croatian passport placed in a solid 26th place out of 93 passports ranked.
Seven out of the worst 10 passports to have in terms of international travel freedom come from Arab or Muslim states, with Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Pakistan, Palestine, Eritrea, Nepal, Sudan, Sri Lanka and Lebanon making up the bottom 10.
“Almost all countries now require visas from certain non-nationals who wish to enter their territory.Visa requirements are also an expression of the relationships between individual nations, and generally reflect the relations and status of a country within the international community of nations,” Henley & Partners said in a statement on their website.
Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom topped the 2013 freedom of travel index with a score of 173, followed by Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg and the United States. Croatia was just ahead of Costa Rica, Venezuela, Serbia and Paraguay on 129 points, and just behind Brazil, Chile and Argentina. The Slovenian passport was best ranked in the former Yugoslavia with 155 points.