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Belize’s passport ranks 10th in the Caribbean: A look at the region’s most powerful passports in 2024

Posted: Sunday, January 14, 2024. 8:17 am CST.

By Horace Palacio: In the latest release of the Henley Passport Index for 2024, Belize’s passport has secured the 10th position in the Caribbean for its visa-free access to 104 countries, marking it as an important travel document within the region. This ranking, while notable, places Belize behind several other Caribbean nations known for their strong passports.

Barbados continues to lead the Caribbean region, boasting the most powerful passport. Ranked 22nd globally, Barbadian passport holders enjoy visa-free access to 165 countries. This exemplifies the strength of Barbados’s international relations and the ease of travel it offers its citizens.

Following closely are The Bahamas and St Kitts and Nevis, both enjoying high rankings. The Bahamian passport, ranking 24th globally, offers its holders visa-free access to 158 destinations. Similarly, St Kitts and Nevis, sharing the 25th position globally, provide their citizens with the freedom to travel to 157 destinations without the need for a visa.

St Vincent and the Grenadines also share the 25th global rank, matching St Kitts and Nevis in terms of travel freedom. Antigua and Barbuda come in next, ranked 27th globally, offering access to 153 destinations.

Trinidad and Tobago’s passport is another strong contender, ranked 29th globally and allowing visa-free travel to 151 destinations. This is followed by Grenada and St Lucia, both occupying the 32nd spot globally and providing access to 148 countries.

Dominica, ranked 34th globally, offers its passport holders visa-free entry to 144 destinations, showcasing the robust nature of its travel document.

The improvement in passport power across the Caribbean is a reflection of the growing global influence and diplomatic relations of these nations. While Belize’s ranking at 10th in the region and 52nd globally is a strong position, the nation continues to aspire for greater mobility and international access for its citizens.

Globally, the top positions are held by six countries – France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, and Singapore – each with visa-free access to 194 destinations. This highlights the premium placed on global mobility and access in today’s interconnected world.

At the other end of the spectrum, Afghanistan holds the least powerful passport, ranked 104th with access to just 28 destinations, underscoring global disparities in travel freedom.

The Henley Passport Index, which includes 199 passports and 227 travel destinations, remains the most authoritative ranking of world passports, offering insights into the power of passports and the freedom of movement they provide. For Belize and other Caribbean nations, their positions in the index reflect not only their current global standing but also their potential for future growth in international relations and travel freedom.

 

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