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Afghanistan ^ NO NO SOME ^ YES NO NO ^
Albania YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Algeria ^ NO NO NO YES NO YES
American Samoa NO NO NO NO NO YES
Andorra YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Angola ^ NO NO NO NO NO YES
Anguilla NO NO SOME ^ YES YES YES
Antigua and Barbuda NO NO NO NO NO YES
Argentina YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Armenia ^ NO SOME ^ NO YES YES YES
Aruba NO NO NO [YES] NO YES
Australia NO SOME ^ SOME ^ SOME ^ SOME ^ YES
Austria YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Azerbaijan ^ NO NO NO YES YES YES
Bahamas NO SOME ^ SOME ^ NO YES ^ NO ^
Bahrain NO NO NO YES NO YES
Bangladesh ^ NO NO NO YES ^ NO NO
Barbados NO NO SOME ^ NO NO NO
Belarus ^ NO NO NO YES YES YES
Belgium NO ^ SOME ^ NO YES YES YES
Belize ^ NO SOME ^ SOME ^ YES SOME ^ YES
Benin YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Bermuda NO NO NO NO YES YES
Bhutan ^ NO NO NO NO ^ [YES] YES
Bolivia YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba NO NO NO NO YES YES
Bosnia and Herzegovina ^ SOME ^ SOME ^ SOME ^ YES YES YES
Botswana NO NO NO NO NO NO
Brazil YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
British Virgin Islands NO NO NO NO YES YES
Brunei Darussalam ^ NO NO SOME ^ NO NO NO
Bulgaria YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Burkina Faso ^ NO NO SOME ^ SOME ^ [YES] YES
Burundi NO NO NO YES NO YES
Cabo Verde YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Cambodia NO NO NO YES YES YES
Cameroon NO NO SOME ^ YES YES YES
Canada NO ^ SOME ^ SOME ^ YES ^ YES YES
Cayman Islands NO SOME ^ NO NO NO YES
Central African Republic NO NO NO NO NO YES
Chad ^ NO SOME ^ SOME ^ YES YES YES
Chile ^ NO NO NO YES YES YES
China NO ^ NO SOME ^ YES YES YES
Colombia NO SOME ^ NO YES ^ YES ^ SOME ^
Comoros ^ NO NO NO NO NO YES
Congo, Republic of YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Cook Islands NO NO SOME ^ YES NO YES
Costa Rica YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Cote d'Ivoire NO NO NO NO ^ YES YES
Croatia YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Cuba ^ NO SOME ^ SOME ^ YES YES YES
Curacao YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Cyprus YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Czech Republic NO SOME ^ SOME ^ YES YES YES
Denmark YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Djibouti NO NO NO YES NO YES
Dominica NO NO SOME ^ NO NO NO
Dominican Republic ^ NO NO NO YES YES YES
DPR Korea ^ NO NO NO NO ^ YES YES
DR Congo NO NO NO YES NO YES
Ecuador ^ NO NO SOME ^ YES YES SOME ^
Egypt NO NO NO NO ^ YES ^ YES
El Salvador ^ NO NO SOME ^ YES YES YES
Equatorial Guinea NO NO NO NO NO YES
Eritrea NO NO NO NO ^ NO YES
Estonia YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Ethiopia ^ NO SOME ^ SOME ^ YES YES YES
Falkland Islands (Malvinas) NO NO NO [YES] YES YES
Faroe Islands YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Fiji ^ NO NO NO YES ^ YES YES
Finland YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
France ^ NO NO NO YES ^ YES YES
French Guiana NO NO NO NO YES YES
French Polynesia NO NO NO NO YES YES
Gabon NO NO SOME ^ YES YES YES
Gambia NO NO ^ NO NO ^ NO YES
Georgia ^ NO SOME ^ NO YES YES YES
Germany YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Ghana ^ NO NO NO NO ^ SOME ^ YES
Gibraltar NO NO NO NO [YES] ^ YES
Greece YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Greenland YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Grenada NO SOME ^ NO NO NO NO ^
Guadeloupe NO NO NO NO YES YES
Guam NO NO NO NO YES YES
Guatemala ^ NO NO NO NO YES YES
Guernsey NO NO NO NO ^ [SOME] ^ YES
Guinea NO NO NO NO ^ NO YES
Guinea-Bissau ^ NO NO NO YES YES YES
Guyana NO SOME ^ SOME ^ NO SOME ^ SOME ^
Haiti NO ^ YES ^ YES ^ YES YES YES
Honduras YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Hong Kong NO NO SOME ^ YES YES YES
Hungary YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Iceland YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
India ^ NO SOME ^ NO ^ SOME ^ YES ^ SOME ^
Indonesia ^ NO NO ^ NO NO YES SOME ^
Iran NO NO SOME ^ NO ^ YES NO
Iraq NO ^ NO NO NO SOME ^ YES
Ireland YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Isle of Man NO SOME ^ SOME ^ YES YES YES
Israel YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Italy NO ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Jamaica NO YES SOME ^ NO ^ YES YES
Japan ^ SOME ^ NO NO YES ^ NO YES
Jersey NO SOME ^ NO NO YES YES
Jordan ^ NO SOME ^ NO YES YES YES
Kazakhstan NO SOME ^ SOME ^ YES YES YES
Kenya YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Kiribati ^ NO NO NO YES NO NO
Kuwait ^ NO NO NO YES NO YES
Kyrgyzstan ^ NO SOME ^ NO YES YES YES
Lao PDR NO NO SOME ^ YES YES YES
Latvia YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Lebanon NO NO NO NO YES YES
Lesotho ^ NO NO NO YES YES YES
Liberia NO SOME ^ SOME ^ NO YES YES
Libya NO NO SOME ^ YES NO NO
Liechtenstein YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Lithuania YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Luxembourg YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Macau NO SOME ^ NO YES YES YES
Madagascar NO NO NO YES NO YES
Malawi NO SOME ^ SOME ^ YES ^ YES YES
Malaysia NO NO NO NO NO NO ^
Maldives ^ NO NO NO NO ^ NO NO
Mali NO NO SOME ^ YES YES YES
Malta YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Marshall Islands ^ NO NO NO [YES] ^ YES YES
Martinique NO NO NO NO YES YES
Mauritania NO NO NO NO ^ NO NO
Mauritius ^ NO NO SOME ^ YES NO YES
Mayotte NO NO NO NO YES YES
Mexico ^ SOME ^ SOME ^ SOME ^ YES YES YES
Micronesia ^ NO NO NO YES NO YES
Monaco NO NO NO YES YES YES
Mongolia YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Montenegro YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Montserrat NO NO NO NO [YES] ^ YES
Morocco ^ NO NO NO NO ^ YES YES
Mozambique ^ NO NO NO NO ^ YES YES
Myanmar NO NO NO NO ^ NO YES ^
Namibia ^ NO SOME ^ SOME ^ YES YES ^ YES ^
Nauru NO NO SOME ^ YES YES YES
Nepal ^ NO NO NO NO NO YES
Netherlands YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
New Caledonia NO NO NO NO YES YES
New Zealand YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Nicaragua YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Niger ^ NO NO NO NO ^ NO YES
Nigeria NO NO NO NO ^ SOME ^ SOME ^
Niue NO NO NO NO YES YES
Northern Mariana Islands NO NO NO NO YES YES
Norway YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Oman ^ NO NO SOME ^ YES NO YES
Pakistan ^ SOME ^ SOME ^ SOME ^ SOME ^ SOME ^ SOME ^
Palau ^ NO NO NO NO NO YES
Panama ^ NO NO NO NO YES YES
Papua New Guinea ^ NO SOME ^ NO NO YES YES
Paraguay YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Peru YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Philippines ^ NO YES YES YES YES YES
Pitcairn Islands YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Poland YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Portugal YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Puerto Rico NO NO NO YES YES YES
Qatar ^ NO NO NO NO ^ YES NO
Republic of Korea ^ SOME ^ SOME ^ SOME ^ SOME ^ YES YES
Republic of Kosovo NO NO SOME ^ YES YES YES
Republic of Moldova YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Reunion NO NO NO NO YES YES
Romania YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Russian Federation NO NO SOME ^ YES YES YES
Rwanda ^ NO NO NO YES YES YES
Samoa ^ NO NO SOME ^ SOME ^ YES YES
San Marino YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Sao Tome and Principe ^ NO NO NO YES [YES] YES
Saudi Arabia ^ NO NO NO NO ^ NO NO
Senegal ^ NO NO NO SOME ^ [YES] YES
Serbia ^ NO NO SOME ^ YES YES YES
Seychelles ^ NO NO NO NO ^ NO YES
Sierra Leone ^ NO NO NO NO YES YES
Singapore NO NO SOME ^ NO NO NO
Slovakia ^ NO YES YES YES YES YES
Slovenia YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Solomon Islands ^ NO NO NO NO YES YES ^
Somalia NO SOME ^ SOME ^ SOME ^ SOME ^ SOME ^
South Africa ^ NO YES YES YES YES YES
South Sudan YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Spain YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Sri Lanka ^ NO NO NO NO ^ SOME ^ YES
St Barthelemy NO NO NO NO YES YES
St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha NO SOME ^ SOME ^ YES YES YES
St Kitts and Nevis NO NO NO NO NO YES ^
St Lucia ^ NO NO NO NO NO YES
St Maarten YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
St Martin NO NO NO NO YES YES
St Pierre et Miquelon NO NO NO NO YES YES
St Vincent and the Grenadines NO NO NO NO NO NO
State of Palestine NO NO NO SOME ^ [SOME] ^ [SOME] ^
Sudan NO NO NO SOME ^ NO YES ^
Suriname NO NO NO NO ^ YES YES
Svalbard and Jan Majen Islands YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Swaziland NO NO NO NO NO YES
Sweden YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Switzerland NO ^ [SOME] ^ YES YES YES YES
Syrian Arab Republic NO NO NO NO ^ NO YES
Taiwan NO NO SOME ^ YES YES YES
Tajikistan ^ NO NO SOME ^ YES NO YES
TFYR Macedonia YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Thailand ^ NO NO NO YES YES YES
Timor-Leste ^ NO NO NO NO YES YES
Togo YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Tokelau NO NO NO NO ^ [NO] YES
Tonga NO NO SOME ^ YES YES NO ^
Trinidad and Tobago NO YES YES YES YES YES
Tunisia YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Turkey ^ NO NO NO YES YES YES
Turkmenistan YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Turks and Caicos Islands NO NO NO NO [YES] ^ YES
Tuvalu ^ NO SOME ^ NO NO SOME ^ SOME ^
Uganda ^ NO NO NO YES YES YES
UK NO SOME ^ SOME ^ YES ^ YES YES
Ukraine YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
United Arab Emirates NO NO NO YES YES NO
United Republic of Tanzania NO SOME ^ NO NO SOME ^ SOME ^
Uruguay YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
US Virgin Islands NO NO NO NO YES YES
USA NO SOME ^ SOME ^ SOME ^ SOME ^ YES
Uzbekistan NO NO NO YES YES YES
Vanuatu NO NO NO YES YES SOME ^
Venezuela YES ^ YES YES YES YES YES
Viet Nam NO NO NO YES YES YES
Wallis and Futuna Islands NO NO NO NO YES YES
Western Sahara NO NO NO NO YES YES
Yemen NO NO SOME ^ YES YES YES
Zambia ^ NO NO SOME YES YES YES ^
Zimbabwe ^ NO NO NO NO NO NO ^

 

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