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These are the world’s top 34 most powerful passports in 2024

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Based on unique and official data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the 2024 Henley Passport Index has just been published, with an unprecedented six countries sharing the top rank with visa-free access to a record-breaking number of destinations.

Four EU member states — France, Germany, Italy, and Spain — join Japan and Singapore in having the most powerful passports in the world, allowing their citizens to visit 194 of the world’s 227 visa-free places.

According to the official data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), here are the world’s most powerful passports in 2024

France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Spain

Topping the list with an impressive passport strength, citizens of France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore, and Spain enjoy unrestricted travel to 194 countries, showcasing the diplomatic strength and international relations prowess of these nations.

Finland, South Korea, Sweden

Following closely behind, Finland, South Korea, and Sweden share the second spot with a passport strength of 193. This trio reflects the strength of Nordic and East Asian diplomacy, allowing their citizens to explore a vast array of destinations without the hindrance of visa requirements.

Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Netherlands

Securing the third position, Austria, Denmark, Ireland, and the Netherlands boast a passport strength that allows their citizens to travel to 192 countries without the need for a visa, highlighting their commitment to open borders and global cooperation.

Belgium, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, UK

Occupying the fourth position, Belgium, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, and the United Kingdom enjoy access to 191 countries. Despite geopolitical changes, the UK maintains a strong passport, ensuring its citizens continue to enjoy broad international travel opportunities.

Greece, Malta, Switzerland

Ranking fifth, Greece, Malta, and Switzerland each hold a passport strength that provides their citizens with visa-free access to 190 countries. The Mediterranean allure and the Swiss commitment to neutrality contribute to the strength of these passports, offering extensive global travel privileges.

Australia, Czech Republic, New Zealand, Poland

In the sixth position, Australia, the Czech Republic, New Zealand, and Poland share a passport strength that facilitates visa-free access to 189 countries. These nations showcase the global reach of their diplomatic efforts, ensuring seamless travel for their citizens.

Canada, Hungary, US

Canada, Hungary, and the United States secure the seventh position, each boasting a passport strength that allows citizens to travel to 188 countries without needing a visa arrangement. Despite challenges, these nations are committed to global engagement, enabling their citizens to explore the world freely.

Estonia, Lithuania

Securing the eighth position, Estonia and Lithuania each have a passport strength that grants their citizens visa-free access to 187 countries. The Baltic states exemplify the success of their diplomatic initiatives, providing their citizens with access to a wide range of countries.

Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia

In ninth place, Latvia, Slovakia, and Slovenia share a passport strength that allows citizens to travel to 186 countries without needing a visa arrangement. These Central European nations showcase the collaborative efforts that contribute to the strength of their passports, enabling seamless travel for their citizens.

Iceland

In the tenth position, Iceland rounds out of the top 10 with a passport strength that gives its citizens visa-free access to 185 countries. Despite its small population, Iceland’s commitment to international cooperation results in a passport that opens doors to numerous destinations worldwide.