Jamaica's passport powerless

The Jamaican passport is ranked as one of the least valuable travel documents in the Caribbean based on the number of countries which allow its holders visa free travel through their ports of entry.

According to power rankings released on Monday by, travel and residence website passportindex.org, holders of a Jamaican passport are granted visa free access to 68 out of the 147 countries it checked around the globe.

This left the Jamaican passport with a power ranking of 50. This is the fourth lowest in the CARICOM with only Guyana, Surinam and Haiti’s passports less valuable.

In comparison, holders of a Barbadian passport are allowed visa free entry to 119 countries. This makes the Barbadian passport the most valuable in CARICOM with a power ranking of 22.

The Bahamas sits close behind Barbados with a power ranking of 23 and access to 117 countries while Trinidad and Tobago’s passport has a power ranking of 43 and visa free access to 77 countries.

The passport strength ranking, which was compiled using data from the International Air Transportation Agency (IATA), listed the United Kingdom and the United States passports as the strongest in the world with visa free access to all 147 countries tested.

Source: Jamaican Gleaner