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Cuban passport improves its position in the world ranking

Feb 21 , 2023

According to Henley & Partners’ regular update of the world passport ranking (based on the opportunities provided by each passport for their holders), theCuban passport has fallen two positions in the ranking down to 80th place and is still among the world’s weakest passports.

The number of countries where a passport enables travel without a visa is taken into account for this index. The countries ranking lowest are those that have the highest number of assured destinations, while those ranking highest are the least advantaged in this regard.

Reasons behind the rise of the Cuban passport in world rankings

This improvement was not the result of an increase in the possibilities of theCuban passportbut rather the fact that two of the passports that were previously ranked better now have a higher number on the list. Because of this, the Cuban travel document dropped from 82nd position at the last update, down to a not very different 80th position. Unfortunately, it is still among the last in Latin America, only behind Haiti in 94th place.

Africa and Asia are the regions to which Cubans have the greatest possibilities of travel using their travel documents, closely followed by some countries in the Caribbean and others in Europe, such as Russia and Serbia, both of which have become very popular destinations for Cubans.

Facts on the ranking in which the Cuban passport has climbed

Asian countries usually hold the most privileged positions in this ranking. The Japanese passport has been ranked the highest for five years in a row, with free access to 193 countries. Singapore and South Korea follow at the bottom of the list. Among the Europeans, Germany, Spain and Finland are next on the list.

The U.S. passport is still in seventh place, with the same number of destinations granted to other nations. The top ranking in Latin America is currently held by Chile, having access to 174 nations, shortly followed by Argentina and Brazil each with a similar number of such opportunities.

The trend over the last few years has been negative for the Cuban passport, which since 2020 has not improved its position in this ranking. According to this website, currently Cubans can travel freely to 65 countries with no need to apply for a visa. The highest place ever for the Cuban passport was 66th place, in 2013.

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