Singapore, Japan have world’s most powerful passports, tied with 4 European nations – France, Germany, Italy and Spain

Four European countries have moved up to share the top spot on the Henley Passport Index 2024 with those Asian nations.

Singapore sets its sights on passport-free departures, from bag-drop to boarding

Residents of France, Germany, Italy and Spain now have visa-free access to 194 of 227 destinations, three more than last year.
The UK now ranks joint fourth (access to 191 destinations), while the US retained joint seventh place (188 destinations). A decade ago, the two countries shared the top spot. And comparing this year’s list to the 2014 ranking reveals some other major shifts.

The average number of destinations travellers are able to access visa-free has nearly doubled from 58 in 2006 to 111 in 202

Dr Christian Kaelin, immigration consultant
The United Arab Emirates was the fastest climber over the past decade, jumping to 11th place and offering access to 183 destinations without a visa. And China, up two spots this year to land in 62nd place, has visa-free access to 85 destinations – almost twice as many as 10 years ago.

Dr Christian Kaelin, chairman of immigration consultancy Henley & Partners, said that while the general trend over the years had been toward greater travel freedom, the gap between those at either end of the list was wider than ever.

“The average number of destinations travellers are able to access visa-free has nearly doubled from 58 in 2006 to 111 in 2024,” he said.

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China expands visa-free travel to 6 new countries

“However, as we enter the new year, the top-ranked countries are now able to travel to a staggering 166 more destinations visa-free than Afghanistan, which sits at the bottom of the ranking with access to just 28 countries without a visa.”
Rounding out the bottom five places are Syria (access to 29 countries), Iraq (31), Pakistan (34) and Yemen (35).

Henley & Partners compiles the Passport Index based on data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

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