Jamaican passport moves up, but fails to make top 10 in Caribbean Loop Jamaica

The content originally appeared on: Jamaica News Loop News

Barbados continues to hold the title of the most powerful passport in the Caribbean region, with Jamaica coming in at position 60 globally for 2024, which again ranks the country outside the top 10 most powerful Caribbean passports.

Despite the global ranking for 2024, it is an improvement for Jamaica, which was ranked 63rd last year, 65th in 2022, and 68th in 2021.

The Jamaican passport allows visa-free access to 90 destinations, including Singapore, Russia, Serbia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Philippines, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Kenya, and South Africa.

Barbados passport (Photo: GIS Barbados)

According to the 2024 Henley Passport Index ranking, released by London-based global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley & Partners, Barbados is number one in the Caribbean and is positioned globally at number 22 with visa-free access to 165 countries.    

The most powerful passports in the Caribbean for 2024 are: 

1.Barbados- ranking globally at #22 with visa-free access to 165 destinations   

2. The Bahamas- ranking globally at #24 with visa-free access to 158 destinations

3. St Kitts and Nevis- ranking globally at #25 with visa-free access to 157 destinations  

3. St Vincent and the Grenadines- ranking globally at #25 with visa-free access to 157 destinations 

5. Antigua and Barbuda- ranking globally at #27 with visa-free access to 153 destinations  

6. Trinidad and Tobago- ranking globally at #29 with visa-free access to 151 destinations  

7. Grenada- ranking globally at #32 with visa-free access to 148 destinations  

8. St Lucia- ranking globally at #32 with visa-free access to 148 destinations  

9. Dominica-ranking globally at #34 with visa-free access to 144 destinations   

10. Belize- ranking globally at #52 with visa-free access to 104 countries  

An unprecedented six countries share the top spot with visa-free access to a record-breaking number of destinations on the 2024 Henley Passport Index, which is based on exclusive and official data from the International Air Transport Association.  

The countries that hold the number one position for the most powerful passport in the world in 2024 are France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, and Singapore with visa-free access to 194 destinations.  

The country with the least powerful passport in the world is Afghanistan, which ranked number 104 with visa-free access to 28 destinations. 

The Henley Passport Index is the original and most authoritative ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa.

The index includes 199 passports and 227 travel destinations.