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The World’s Most Powerful Passports.

The list of the world’s most powerful passports has been shaken up for 2024 with Italy, France, Germany, Spain, and Singapore all being tied in first place. Citizens of these countries can travel to 194 worldwide destinations visa-free – the largest number of destinations since the creation of the Henley Passport Index 19 years ago. 


This year's new top five passports have highlighted a rise for European countries as Singapore and Japan have inhabited the number one spot for the previous five years. Scandinavian countries, Finland and Sweden are in joint second place having access to 193 countries whilst Ireland, Denmark, Austria, and the Netherlands tie for third place with 192 countries. 


Despite there being a pattern of greater travel freedoms in recent decades, the gap between countries at the top and the bottom of the Henley Passport Index is now bigger than ever before. Citizens of Afghanistan only have access to 28 countries visa-free whilst Syria has access to 29 destinations. 


The United Arab Emirates is the biggest climber of the Henley Passport Index placing it in eleventh position on the list. Since 2014, 106 countries added to its visa-free list, putting it in good stead to continue its increase up the list in coming years.


 New Zealand and Australia have also improved their position and are standing strong at rank number six with Hungary, The United States and Canada followed in seventh with access to 188 countries visa-free. Japan has fallen from the top spot to third place this year, making 2024 the first year in five years that Japan has not held the title of the world’s most powerful passport. 


The Henley Passport Index was created by Henley and Partners as an index created for financial companies to rank passports globally to provide information to their citizens. With the list of countries with the strongest passports having been shaken for 2024, the countries who have not made the top of the list will be eager to increase their ranking in 2025. 

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