The strongest passports are held by citizens of France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore and Spain – according to the new edition of the Henley Passport Index ranking. The Polish passport also retained its high position in the ranking.
The Henley Passport Index ranking has been published for 19 years. It is prepared by Henley & Partners based on data provided by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The strongest passports are those whose holders can travel to as many destinations as possible without the need for a visa. The index covers 199 different passports and 227 different countries and territories.
The strongest passports of 2024
The latest edition of the list for 2024, published on Tuesday, shows that citizens can boast of the strongest passports FranceGerman, ItalianJapan, Singapore and Spain. In their case, this document entitles them to visa-free entry to 194 places in the world. This is the highest result recorded in the history of the ranking.
In second place were Finnish, South Korean and Swedish passports, which allow visa-free entry to 193 places. Passports issued in Austria, Denmark, Ireland and the Netherlands round out the podium with 192 places. Citizens’ passports came in fourth place BelgiumLuxembourg, Norway, Portugal and Great Britain (191 places), and on the fifth, Greek, Maltese and Swiss passports (190 places).
The Polish one is once again among the strongest passports. The Polish passport maintained the 6th position it gained last year and allows visa-free entry to 189 countries and territories around the world. The passports of Australia, the Czech Republic and New Zealand are also in the same place.
There are many changes in the latest ranking of the strongest passports. European countries performed the strongest, although in previous years Asian countries – Japan and Singapore – triumphed in the ranking. However, they achieved the greatest advancement United Arab Emirateswhich over the last decade have jumped from 55th place in 2014 to 11th this year, adding as many as 106 countries to their list and reaching 183 visa-free destinations.
“The average number of places travelers can go without visas has almost doubled from 58 in 2006 to 111 in 2024,” said Christian H. Kaelin, creator of the ranking. However, he noted that the gap between the countries at the top and those at the bottom of the ranking is widening. Citizens of the countries at the top of the list can travel without a visa to as many as 166 more places than citizens of, for example, Afghanistan, whose passport opens doors to only 28 countries. Syria is currently second from the bottom (29 places), Iraq is third (31 places), and Pakistan is fourth (34 places).
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