As the world enters into a new phase of travel with the coronavirus pandemic, Barbados continues to hold onto the top spot as the country with the most powerful passport in the Caribbean region. According to the 2021 Henley Passport Index ranking, Barbados remains at number one for the Caribbean and is positioned 23rd globally with visa-free access to 161 countries. Henley & Partners notes the information provided reflects the 2021 Henley Passport Index ranking on January 5, 2021, and in certain instances, coronavirus-related travel bans may take precedence over the visa information recorded.
The top 10 most powerful passports in the Caribbean are:
1. Barbados – ranking at #23 with visa-free access to 161 destinations
2. St Kitts and Nevis – ranking at #25 with visa-free access to 156 destinations
3. Bahamas – ranking at #26 with visa-free access to 155 destinations
4. Antigua and Barbuda – ranking at #28 with visa-free access to 151 destinations
5. Trinidad and Tobago – ranking at #29 with visa-free access to 150 destinations
6. St Vincent and the Grenadines – ranking at #30 with visa-free access to 148 destinations
7. St Lucia – ranking at #31 with visa-free access to 146 destinations
8. Grenada – ranking at #33 with visa-free access to 144 destinations
9. Dominica – ranking at #34 with visa-free access to 143 destinations
10. Belize – ranking at #54 with visa-free access to 101 destinations
Not to mention, there were several ties on the Index. Globally, Barbados tied with Israel for the 23rd position, Antigua and Barbuda with Seychelles for the 28th position, Trinidad and Tobago with Costa Rica for the 29th position, St Lucia with Mauritius for the 31st position, Grenada with Macao (SAR China) for the 33rd position, Belize with South Africa for the 54th position.
The best passport to hold onto in the world continues to be Japan with visa-free access to 191 destinations. This marks the third consecutive year that Japan has held the top spot, either alone or jointly with Singapore. The Henley Passport Index is the original ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa.