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The World’s Most Powerful Passports 2024

The world’s most powerful passports were just announced, and the United States didn’t make the top five. Each year, Henley & Partners, a residence and citizenship planning firm based in London, utilizes data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), to create The Henley Passport Index. The Henley Passport Index ranks the relative power of passports by the number of destinations a country’s passport holders can visit without needing to get a visa in advance. 

The 2024 index has six countries tied for the title of the most powerful passport in the world: France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore, and Spain. Citizens of these countries can travel visa-free (or get a visa on arrival) to 194 destinations around the world. Japan and Singapore have held the top spot for the past year, but this year, they are joined by four European countries. This is the highest level of passport freedom the survey has recorded since it began 19 years ago.

United States passport holders can only visit 188 countries without obtaining a visa in advance, putting it as the number seventh most powerful passport in the world. The United States’ power position remains stable, as it was also in seventh place in 2023. 

The Most Powerful Passports in the World

These are the most powerful passports in the world, according to the Henley Passport Index. 

CountriesRankNumber of Countries Eligible to Visit Visa-Free or With Visa-on-Arrival
France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Spain1194
Finland, South Korea, Sweden2193
Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Netherlands3192
Belgium, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, United Kingdom4191
Greece, Malta, Switzerland5190
Australia, Czechia, New Zealand, Poland6189
Canada, Hungary, United States7188
Estonia, Lithuania8187
Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia9186

See the full list of the world’s most powerful passports here.

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