Palestinian Territories Passport Ranking
The Palestinian passport currently ranks at the 101st place according to the Guide Passport Ranking Index. It is considered one of the lowest ranking passports in the world. The position has been quite consistent over the past years. Palestinian passport holders have visa-free access to only 38 countries including Sri Lanka, Dominica, Singapore and the Seychelles. There are 188 destinations for which a Palestinian passport holder requires to obtain a visa prior to traveling. That is the reason why the passport raking is very low on the overall worldwide mobility score. For major destinations such as the USA and the European Union, Palestinians require to apply for a visa in advance. Visa applicants need to present documents such as proof of funds and return flight ticket.
The Palestinian Territories are made of four regions. It is located in the Middle East and borders Israel, Egypt and Jordan. The most significant areas are the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The country has a total surface area of 6,020 square kilometers. Its terrain is mostly flat with some plateaus and hills. The climate is Mediterranean on the coastal area and the desert type in the rest of the country.
The overall population is over 5 million people. The capital of the country is Jerusalem. It is also the most populous city with more than 936,425 million inhabitants. The country does not have an airport. Citizens and visitors need to travel to the neighboring countries of Israel or Jordan’s airports in order to get to Palestine by ground transportation.
The Palestinian culture is dominated by Islam with all of the population being Muslim. The official language is Arabic. The legal system is the basic law, with influences from the sharia law. The government form is currently a unitary semi-presidential republic. The current chief of state is President Mahmoud Abbas and the head of government is the Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh.
There are several means of payment used in Palestine as there is no official currency. The Israeli new shekel, the Egyptian pound and the Jordanian dinar are all accepted means of payment. The country has an open economy, generating a GDP of approximately $26.4 billion. The per capita income is $5,795. The largest portion of the GDP is generated by the services sector and industry. The main goods of export are olives, fruit, vegetables, textiles and flowers. Some of the major GDP contributors are agriculture and foreign aid.
Palestine has many historic and culturally unique attractions for tourists to explore. The country has a total of 3 UNESCO world heritage sites. The main touristic destinations are the Mar Saba Monastery, the Yasser Arafat Museum, Hisham’s Palace, the Freedom Theatre, the Church of the Nativity and the Samaritan Ruins. It is difficult to say how many tourists are visiting the territories every year as most visitors are on day trips staying only for a few hours. Taking day trip visitors into consideration there is a total of approximately 1.5 million visitors a year mostly from Europe.