Since we think that we are better than half of the globe, and we like to rank in lists, enjoy the following.
According the 2013 Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index – a global ranking of countries based on the freedom of travel for their citizens, Lebanon ranks 10 among the Top 10 worst passports to have for travel due to the all the visa restrictions issues.
Top 10 countries are:
- Somalia | Pakistan
- Palestinian Territories | Eritrea
- Sudan | Sri Lanka | Lebanon | Kosovo
- Syria | South Soudan | Libya | Congo
- Myanmar | Iran | Djibouti | Angola
- Korea (Dem. People’s Republic, North) | Ethiopia | Burundi | Bangladesh
- Equitorial Guinea [source]
It must be very hard on the “madame” that she is on the same list with the “help” originating from Nepal, Sudan, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Note: The post was updated with the correct listing, as some countries had the same ranking.
The central office for the Lebanese General Security issued a formal statement, saying that the Lebanese passport is among the best in the world.
LebanonDebate posted the statement on their website. The General Security source, pointed out that the study did not mention a “worse” or “better” criteria for countries; and that the news is harmful to the civilized face of Lebanon.
The source also added that Lebanon is soon moving to rely on a sophisticated biometric passport provides a lot of additional services to its bearer and simulates the best internationally recognized passports.
My take on this statement is: Seriously? As if the civilized face of Lebanon and its reputation depends on the ranking of its passport, while the country has: No government, no accountability, no budget, no elections, Al-Assir, the 9 kidnapped saga, the security month of Marwan Charbel, the prolongation for parliament, wage increase (or the lack of it), no women rights, no domestic violence law, article 534 and being in the “hunting season”, all those ignorant hunters killing the migratory birds flying over lebanon, that will eventually divert their flight and stop transiting in our civilized country, with our without a visa.
But hey, don’t forget: ليش في أحلى من لبنان؟ ما في أحلى من لبنان.