Which countries have the world’s most powerful passports? There are several ways to assess this. One measure is the number of countries a holder can access with that passport—no visa required. The Henley Passport Index (HPI)* is a global ranking of countries according to the travel freedom those who possess their ordinary (not diplomatic) passports enjoy. The HPI ranks 200 passports from around the world, based on the number of countries to which their holders can travel without a visa. The number of destinations that a passport can access represents its visa-free “score.” Read on to learn which countries’ passports are at the top of the most current HPI.
Here are the most powerful passports as of January 2024
As global travel continued to surge in 2023, many countries adjusted their visa requirements. This resulted in some significant shifts in the top-ranked passports. Furthermore, all of the top-ranked passports fall into groups with the same Henley score. To present this scenario, we have expanded our list of top-ranked passports from 10 to 25. The current rankings are as follows:
FIRST PLACE: 6-way tie
SECOND PLACE: 3-way tie
- Finland See Finland’s new passport celebrating the Archipelago Sea
- South Korea
THIRD PLACE: 4-way tie
- Austria Learn about Austria’s new generation passport
FOURTH PLACE: 5-way tie
- Belgium Learn about Belgium’s secure but whimsical new passport
- United Kingdom
FIFTH PLACE: 3-way tie
- Switzerland See Switzerland’s modern passport with a fresh design
SIXTH PLACE: 4-way tie
- Australia Learn about Australia’s new passport, blending advanced security with indigenous art
- New Zealand
Your country’s passport didn’t make the cut? See the full list
In ranking passports for their index, Henley and Partners rely on official data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) global database. Visit the Henley and Partners website to see the current, complete list of HPI 2024 passport rankings and learn about the methodology used to compile the annual Henley Passport Index.
*Henley Passport Index updated January 2024.
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