Malaysia has been ranked 13th in a global survey conducted to gauge travel freedom enjoyed by the citizens of various countries.
The Henley Visa Restrictions Index-Global Ranking 2010 was compiled by Henley & Partners, a firm which specialises in international residence and citizenship planning.
Britain, Denmark and Sweden topped the list with scores of 166, 164 and 163 respectively.
The index ranked countries according to the visa-free access its citizens enjoy to other countries, Henley & Partners said on its website.
Malaysia, with a score of 151, was ranked above countries and territories such as Liechtenstein, Hong Kong, Brazil, South Africa, Montenegro, Russian Federation, United Arab Emirates, Thailand, India, Egypt and China.
Henley & Partners said it had analysed the visa regulations of all countries and territories in the world.
“This is the first time that a global ranking shows the international travel freedom of the citizens of the various countries, as well as the international relations and status of individual countries relative to others,” it said.
The company noted that in today’s globalised world, visa restrictions played an important role in controlling the movement of foreign nationals across borders.“Almost all countries now require visas from certain non-nationals who wish to enter their territory,” it added.