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10 most powerful passports in the world

10 most powerful passports in the world

10 most powerful passports in the world

The list of the strongest passports in the world, prepared and published annually by the Henley Passport Index in collaboration with Henley & Partners consulting company, has declared the Japanese passport as the most powerful in the world at the beginning of 2024. Japan has held the top spot on this list for five consecutive years, either on its own or jointly with Singapore.

On what basis does the Henley passport index rank countries’ passports?

As mentioned earlier, the Henley Passport Index is responsible for ranking the strongest passports in the world, with updates occurring every three months. The consulting firm Henley & Partners, which has been in operation for 18 years, utilizes exclusive and official data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to assess 198 passports globally.

This ranking is determined by the number of destinations accessible to passport holders without the need for a visa. Each country earns one point for every destination its citizens can visit without a visa. Essentially, this indicates that citizens of a particular country can obtain an entry visa, visit permit, or electronic travel authorization (ETA) upon arrival at the destination country.

What are the strongest passports in the world?

According to the latest rankings, based on official data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Singapore’s passport is now recognized as the strongest in the world. Japan has dropped to the second position for the first time in a decade. Singaporean citizens can travel to 193 destinations out of 227 countries worldwide with their passports.

Japan holds the second spot, with its citizens able to visit 192 destinations without a visa. Moving on to the joint third position are Finland, France, Germany, Italy, South Korea, Spain, and Sweden. Passport holders from these countries can travel to 191 tourist destinations worldwide without the need for a visa.

The fourth position on the list is occupied by England. England faced a decline in previous years, having held the top spot in 2014 alongside the United States of America. Subsequently, it experienced a significant drop, falling to the sixth position. However, in 2023, England made a two-rank progress, securing the fourth spot alongside Denmark, Ireland, Austria, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. Citizens from these countries can travel to 190 destinations without requiring a visa.

List of ten valid passports in 2024

  1. Singapore (193 destinations)
  2. Japan (192 destinations)
  3. Finland, France, Germany, Italy, South Korea, Spain and Sweden (191 destinations)
  4. Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands and England (190 destinations)
  5. Belgium, Malta, Norway and Portugal (189 destinations)
  6. Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland (188 destinations)
  7. Canada, Czech Republic, Greece, Poland and USA (187 destinations)
  8. Hungary (186 destinations)
  9. Lithuania (185 destinations)
  10. Estonia, Latvia, Slovenia and Slovakia (182 destinations)

10 most powerful passports in the world

What are the weakest passports in the world?

The world’s least powerful passport is held by Afghan citizens. Afghanistan’s passport only permits entry to 27 destinations without requiring a visa. This number marks a significant contrast with Singapore, which boasts the most powerful passport in the world.

Continuing on the list of the least powerful passports are Syria with only 28 destinations and Iraq with 30 destinations. Following closely are Pakistan (33 destinations), Yemen (34 destinations), Somalia (35 destinations), Palestine and Nepal (39 destinations), North Korea, Libya, and Bangladesh (40 destinations), along with Sri Lanka and Kosovo (41 destinations). Lebanon, with only 43 destinations, rounds off the bottom ten countries on the list of the world’s strongest passports.

The biggest difference in the validity of passports in 2023

After the COVID-19 epidemic, the tourism industry remained paralyzed for almost a year. However, with the passage of time and the overcoming of this challenging period, the number of global trips has surged by 75% compared to pre-pandemic levels. This resurgence emphasizes the significant advantage that citizens of countries with the strongest passports enjoy.

Over the past 18 years, there has been a general upward trend in the passport validation index, reflecting a substantial increase in tourists’ access to different countries without the need for a visa. The average index has doubled since 2006, reaching 109 from 58.

Despite this overall positive trend, the disparity between countries with the most and least valid passports in 2023 is greater than ever, illustrating a global divide in citizens’ freedom of movement. As previously mentioned, Afghanistan has a staggering 166-point difference with Singapore, meaning a Singaporean citizen has 166 more destination choices than their Afghan counterpart.

On a positive note, some countries have made significant strides in this index, signaling positive developments. For instance, the United Arab Emirates has added 107 destinations to its passport’s visa-free entry points since 2013. This achievement has propelled the country’s ranking by 44 positions over the past decade, from 56th to 12th in the list of the world’s strongest passports. Notably, this progress is nearly double that of the second-highest climbing country, Colombia, which has risen 28 places in the last 10 years and currently holds the 37th position.

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