Vietnam ranked 81 out of the 219 countries and territories surveyed in a recent global visa restriction index, prepared by the residence and citizenship planning adviser Henley & Partners.

Vietnamese citizens can travel to 45 countries and territories around the world without visas, making it ninth out of the 10 ASEAN members, Thanh Nien (Young people) newspaper quoted a source as saying.

Singapore’s score was the highest, followed by Malaysia and Brunei.

Dutch, English, and Swedish citizens are the most welcomed in the world, as they can travel to 173 countries and territories without a visa.

The passports of Denmark, Germany, Luxemburg and the US are the world’s second best with visa-free entry to 172 destinations.

Sixteen European countries rank among the top 20 of the list.

Citizens of Afghanistan and Iraq have the lowest free entry with 28 and 31 destinations, respectively.-VNA