Want to travel the world, on visa free passport? Malaysians, you’re among the best, based on the number of countries you can visit without a visa.

Malaysia passport is ranked at number 9 together with Malta scoring 163, according to index by Henly & Partners, a consultancy in residence and citizenship planning.

Other Asian countries ranked higher than Malaysia in the index were Japan (rank 4, score 170), Singapore (rank 6, score 167) and South Korea (rank 7, socre 166).

The top three passports scored 173 in the rankings were Finland, Sweden and UK, meaning they can be used to enter 173 countries and territories without a visa.

The worst passport to have for travellers that of Afghanistan with a score of just 28, closely followed by Iraq (31), Somalia and Pakistan (32 each).

Their lowly scores indicate their citizens have the least freedom of travel.

The annual Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index started in 2006.

According to the company, visa restrictions are an important tool for governments to control the movement of foreigners across borders.

Best countries to have a passport from:
1. UK, Finland, Sweden (number of visa-free countries 173)
2. Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg, USA (172)
3. Belgium, Italy, Netherlands (171)
4. Canada, France, Ireland, Japan, Norway, Portugal, Spain (170)
5. New Zealand, Switzerland, Austria (168)
6. Australia, Greece, Singapore (167)
7. South Korea (166)
8. Iceland (165)
9. Malaysia, Malta (163)
10. Liechtenstein (159)

and the worst
Afghanistan (28)
Iraq (31)
Pakistan, Somalia (32)