How do we compare the value of one passport versus another? There are a number of factors in play, when it comes to determining the most valuable passport.

According to the new edition of the Henley Passport Index, the Spanish passport remains in the top five positions on the list, as it now allows you to visit up to 194 countries without the need for a visa.

The London-based consultancy's Henley Passport Index is unique because it uses historical data from the International Air Transport Authority (IATA) over a 19-year period. The database contains 199 unique passports and 227 distinct travel locations. This Passport Index is a highly regarded tool that is updated monthly and serves as a standard benchmark for individuals and countries to determine a passport's global mobility ranking.

Undoubtedly, being a citizen of a European country brings a great benefit, since among the 10 most valuable passports in the world ranking are Germany, Italy, Finland, Spain, Luxembourg, Denmark, Sweden, France, Switzerland, Portugal, Netherlands, Ireland, Austria, United Kingdom, Norway, Greece, Belgium, Malta, Slovakia, Lithuania and Hungary.

Meanwhile, the United States and the United Kingdom have regained positions in the rankings. They rank 3rd and 6th respectively, although a far cry from the top spot they held in 2015.

Uncertainty in the UK about what travel mobility in Great Britain and Northern Ireland would look like after Brexit meant that the downward trend was maintained in the short term, but has now recovered.

At the bottom of the rankings is, for another year, Afghanistan's passport, as it only allows travel to 27 countries without a visa.

As noted by Christian H. Kaelin, president of Henley & Partner, the study has identified that there is a positive correlation between the freedom to travel and other types of freedoms, from economic to political, and even individual or human freedoms.

The curious note, in this index of the most valuable passports in the world, continues to be for the United Arab Emirates passport, which in the last 14 years, has recorded one of the biggest comebacks. It has climbed many positions to reach, now in 2024, the 11th place in the ranking.

The 10 most powerful passports in 2024 are:

# País Acceso a países sin necesidad de visa
1 France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Spain, Finland 194
2 Netherlands, South Korea, Sweden 193
3 Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Luxembourg, United Kingdom 192
4 Belgium, Norway, Portugal 191
5 Australia, Greece, Malta, New Zealand, Switzerland, Switzerland 190
6 Canada, Czech Republic, Poland, United States 189
7 Hungary, Lithuania 188
8 Estonia 187
9 Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia 186
10 Islandia 185

Meanwhile, the passports with the least power are:

# País Acceso a países sin necesidad de visa
1 Afghanistan 28
2 Syria 29
3 Iraq 31
4 Pakistan 34
5 Yemen 35
6 Somalia 36
7 Nepal, Libya 40
8 Palestinian Territory 41
9 North Korea, Bangladesh 42
10 Eritrea 43

Other indexes

The Henley & Partner list is one of many indexes created by different financial companies to classify global passports according to the access they grant provide to their citizens.

The Henley passport index is based on data provided by the International Air Transport Authority (IATA) and covers 199 passports and 227 travel destinations. It is updated in real time throughout the year and as changes in the visa policy take effect.

Another case is the Arton Capital Passport Index, which takes into account the passports of 193 member countries of the United Nations and six territories: ROC Taiwan, Macao (SAR China), Hong Kong (SAR China), Kosovo, Palestinian Territory and the Vatican. The territories annexed to other countries are excluded from the list.

Arton Capital's index ranks the United Arab Emirates at the top with a "no visa score" of 179 points, followed by France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain, Austria and Switzerland with 177 points.

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