6 Countries Tie for the World’s Most Powerful Passport

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Around the world, there is a tie for the most powerful passport.

In 2024, Japan is tied with five other countries for first place on the Henley Passport Index.

Japan and Singapore have been at the top of the Henley Passport Index for five years in a row. This is a list of all the world’s passports ranked by how many places their users can visit without getting a visa first. The 2024 index, which was released on January 10, has two Asian countries at the top, along with four European Union states. This is the first time that six countries have tied at the top of the index.

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France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore, and Spain now have the strongest IDs in the world. They can enter 194 countries without a visa or with a visa only when they arrive.

A London-based global citizenship and residence advisory firm, Henley & Partners, ranks the passports of 193 UN member countries plus six non-members: ROC Taiwan, Macao, Hong Kong, Kosovo, the Palestinian Territory, and the Vatican. They do this by using data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). It also includes territories that are attached to other countries, such as French Polynesia and the British Virgin Islands, in its list of 227 possible places that passport users can visit.

Second place went to Finland, South Korea, and Sweden, all of which have visa-free entry to 193 places. Third place goes to a tie between Austria, Denmark, Ireland, and the Netherlands, all of which can reach 192 cities. It came in seventh with entry to 188 places, including Turkey, which stopped requiring visas for people with U.S. passports at the end of 2023.

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This year’s report shows that world mobility is still going up. Chairman of Henley & Partners Dr. Christian H. Kaelin says that the average number of visa-free countries travellers can visit has almost doubled, from 58 in 2006 to 111 in 2024. The United Arab Emirates has moved from 55th to 11th place in the rankings, which is the biggest jump. Since 2014, they have made it possible to visit 106 more countries with their passport.

But there is a big difference between the access at the top of the list and the access at the bottom. At the moment, Afghanistan is at the bottom of the list (104th) and can only reach 28 cities. With access to 29 and 31 places, respectively, Syria and Iraq were just a little higher on the list.

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The Henley Passport Index says that the world’s best passports for 2024 will be

The most valuable passports in the world in 2024, according to the Henley Passport Index, are

  1. Japan, Singapore, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain (194 places to go).
  2. Finland, South Korea, and Sweden (193 places to go)
  3. Austria, Denmark, Ireland, and the Netherlands (192 places to go)
  4. Belgium, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, and the UK (191 places to go)
  5. Greece, Malta, and Switzerland (190 places to go)
  6. New Zealand, Australia, Poland, and the Czech Republic (189 places).
  7. The United States, Canada, and Hungary (188 locations)
  8. Estonia and Lithuania (187 places to go)
  9. Latvia, Slovakia, and Slovenia (186 places to go)
  10. Iceland (185 places to go The Passport Index by Arton Capital says that the world’s best passports in 2024 will be

Henley & Partners isn’t the only business that rates the value of global IDs. The Passport Index by Arton uses the same 199 passports as the Henley Index to make its rankings, but it doesn’t include areas that are attached to other countries. It also updates its ranks in real time, which makes its list look a little different.Based on Arton Capital, these are the world’s most valuable passports for 2024:

  1. Arab Emirates (180 places to go)
  2. Germany, Spain, France, Italy, and the Netherlands (178 places to go)
  3. Finland, Sweden, Luxembourg, Austria, and Switzerland (177 places to go)
  4. 176 places: Denmark, Belgium, Portugal, Poland, and Ireland
  5. Turkey, Greece, Norway, the Czech Republic, the UK, Hungary, and South Korea
  6. Australia, Singapore, Japan, the United States, and New Zealand
  7. 173 places: Malta, Estonia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Canada, and Australia
  8. The countries of Latvia, Iceland, Croatia, and Liechtenstein
  9. Bulgaria, Cyprus, and Romania (171 places to go)
  10. Malaysia and Monaco (169 places to go)

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