Top 10 most powerful passports in the Caribbean

Trinbagonians are still holding on as a force to be reckoned with in the Caribbean, ranking as the fifth most powerful passport in the region.

However tourism-centred countries still reign in terms of passport flexibility, with Barbados ranking as the most powerful passport in the Caribbean, followed by Bahamas, Antigua and Barbuda and St Kitts and Nevis, according to a visa restriction index by Henley & Partners, a citizenship and planning firm.

The company ranks nations or territories based on the number of countries their citizens can travel to visa-free to provide a gauge of each passport’s travel power.

Overall, Germany remains at the top of the pack while those issued in the United Kingdom and the United States rank third and fourth respectively.

German citizens can visit a whopping 177 countries without a visa.

One country-shy of 177, Sweden sits in the second place slot with its citizens being granted visa-free entry to 176 countries.

Top 10 most powerful Caribbean passports

1. Barbados

World Rank: 26

Number of countries citizens can visit visa-free: 141

2. Bahamas

World Rank: 27

Number of countries citizens can visit visa-free: 140

3. Antigua & Barbuda

World Rank: 30

Number of countries citizens can visit visa-free: 134

4. St. Kitts and Nevis

World Rank: 32

Number of countries citizens can visit visa-free: 132

5. Trinidad and Tobago

World Rank: 34

Number of countries citizens can visit visa-free: 130

6. St. Lucia

World Rank: 37

Number of countries citizens can visit visa-free: 125

7. St. Vincent and the Grenadines

World Rank: 37

Number of countries citizens can visit visa-free: 125

8. Grenada

World Rank: 39

Number of countries citizens can visit visa-free: 121

9. Dominica

World Rank: 41

Number of countries citizens can visit visa-free: 119

10. Guyana

World Rank: 57

Number of countries citizens can visit visa-free: 82

Ranked number 61 in the world, and number 11 in the Caribbean is Jamaica with access to 78 countries visa-free.

Suriname also just missed the top 10 by four, sitting at position 64 with 74 countries at its citizens disposal for visa-free travel.

The rankings are based on visa restrictions that were in place on 1 January, 2016.

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