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The World’s Least Powerful Passports in 2024

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The World’s Least Powerful Passports in 2024

This was originally posted on our Voronoi app. Download the app for free on iOS or Android and discover incredible data-driven charts from a variety of trusted sources.

Freedom to travel is correlated to a country’s economic progress.

For highly unstable countries, mobility is limited due to diplomatic tensions abroad. In many cases, these countries also have low economic output. Not only that, the consequences of having a weak passport go beyond traveling: the openness of borders encourage economic integration, investment, and talent exchange.

The above graphic shows the least powerful passports in 2024, based on the Henley & Partners Passport Index.

The Most Restrictive Passports

Below, we show the weakest passports in the world based on the number of destinations that citizens can travel to visa-free:

RankingCountryNumber of Countries
with Visa-Free Access
104🇦🇫 Afghanistan28
103🇸🇾 Syria29
102🇮🇶 Iraq31
101🇵🇰 Pakistan34
100🇾🇪 Yemen35
99🇸🇴 Somalia36
98🇵🇸 Palestinian Territory40
98🇳🇵 Nepal40
98🇱🇾 Libya40
97🇰🇵 North Korea42
97🇧🇩 Bangladesh42
96🇱🇰 Sri Lanka43
96🇪🇷 Eritrea43
95🇸🇩 Sudan45
95🇳🇬 Nigeria45
95🇱🇧 Lebanon45
95🇮🇷 Iran45
94🇸🇸 South Sudan46
94🇨🇩 Democratic Republic of the Congo46
93🇪🇹 Ethiopia47
92🇲🇲 Myanmar48
91🇩🇯 Djibouti50
90🇱🇷 Liberia51
90🇱🇦 Laos51
90🇧🇮 Burundi51
89🇹🇲 Turkmenistan52
89🇨🇬 Republic of the Congo52
88🇨🇲 Cameroon53
88🇦🇴 Angola53
87🇻🇳 Vietnam55

Afghanistan, with the least powerful passport, has access to just 12% of countries globally.

By contrast, top-ranking passports such as Japan, have visa waivers to 85% of the world. This imbalance can be explained by political factors, including the Taliban’s return to power in 2021, along with economic reasons.

Often, countries with high economic instability face greater difficulty in traveling internationally since there may be greater risk of staying beyond the length of their visa. The reverse is seen with high GDP countries, where countries open their borders due to higher economic dividends through tourism and trade.

Syria is the second-lowest ranking country, falling closely behind Afghanistan. Since the war broke out in 2011, nearly half the population, which was 22 million at the time, have fled. Adding to this, the Assad government has notoriously used billions of dollars through the illicit drug trade to fund activities.

Even North Korea, with visa waivers to 42 countries, has greater mobility than these countries, although citizens rarely leave the country because they must have government approval in order to travel.

Biggest Declines Over the Decade

Which countries have fallen the most in the passport rankings since 2014?

CountryDrop in Passport Ranking
2014-2024
🇻🇪 Venezuela-21
🇳🇬 Nigeria-16
🇾🇪 Yemen-15
🇹🇷 Türkiye-14
🇸🇾 Syria-14
🇷🇺 Russia-13
🇸🇳 Senegal-13
🇿🇦 South Africa-12
🇲🇱 Mali-12

Since the crisis unfolded in 2015, Venezuela has witnessed increased travel restrictions from neighboring countries.

After millions of Venezuelans fled due to economic collapse and rampant inflation, Ecuador, Chile and Peru heightened border restrictions amid political upheaval. By comparison, Colombia still provides visa-free access, although diplomatic relations between the countries are rocky.

Russia has also fallen sharply following the invasion of Ukraine. Not only have Canada, the U.S., and the European Union restricted Russian carriers from their airspace, many no longer issue visas to Russian citizens. On the other hand, countries are allowing greater freedom of movement for Ukrainians, with some dropping visa requirements entirely.

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How Hard Is It to Get Into an Ivy League School?

We detail the admission rates and average annual cost for Ivy League schools, as well as the median SAT scores required to be accepted.

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Graphic showing the admission rates and average annual tuition for Ivy League schools, as well as the median SAT scores required to be accepted.

How Hard Is It to Get Into an Ivy League School?

This was originally posted on our Voronoi app. Download the app for free on iOS or Android and discover incredible data-driven charts from a variety of trusted sources.

Ivy League institutions are renowned worldwide for their academic excellence and long-standing traditions. But how hard is it to get into one of the top universities in the U.S.?

In this graphic, we detail the admission rates and average annual cost for Ivy League schools, as well as the median SAT scores required to be accepted. The data comes from the National Center for Education Statistics and was compiled by 24/7 Wall St.

Note that “average annual cost” represents the net price a student pays after subtracting the average value of grants and/or scholarships received.

Harvard is the Most Selective

The SAT is a standardized test commonly used for college admissions in the United States. It’s taken by high school juniors and seniors to assess their readiness for college-level academic work.

When comparing SAT scores, Harvard and Dartmouth are among the most challenging universities to gain admission to. The median SAT scores for their students are 760 for reading and writing and 790 for math. Still, Harvard has half the admission rate (3.2%) compared to Dartmouth (6.4%).

SchoolAdmission rate
(%)
SAT Score:
Reading & Writing
SAT Score: MathAvg Annual
Cost*
Harvard University3.2760790$13,259
Columbia University3.9750780$12,836
Yale University4.6760780$16,341
Brown University5.1760780$26,308
Princeton University5.7760780$11,080
Dartmouth College6.4760790$33,023
University of
Pennsylvania
6.5750790$14,851
Cornell University7.5750780$29,011

*Costs after receiving federal financial aid.

Additionally, Dartmouth has the highest average annual cost at $33,000. Princeton has the lowest at $11,100.

While student debt has surged in the United States in recent years, hitting $1.73 trillion in 2023, the worth of obtaining a degree from any of the schools listed surpasses mere academics. This is evidenced by the substantial incomes earned by former students.

Harvard grads, for example, have the highest average starting salary in the country, at $91,700.

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