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Top U.S. Food Imports by Origin Country

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Top U.S. Food Imports by Origin Country

The U.S. is a major producer and exporter of food products, but did you know that itโ€™s also one of the worldโ€™s largest food importers?

Due to seasonality and climate, some foods can’t be grown on home soil, at least enough to fulfill consumption demands. Indeed, many familiar grocery items come from other countries.

This infographic from Julie Peasley uses data from the Chatham House Resource Trade Database (CHRTD) to show where the U.S. gets its food from, highlighting the top exporting countries of various imported food items.

The Types of Imported Foods

The U.S. imported around $148 billion worth of agricultural products in 2020, and according to the USDA, this has since risen to $194 billion in 2022.

Around 50% of all U.S. agricultural imports are horticultural products like fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, and more. Other large import categories include sugar and tropical products, meat, grains, and oilseeds.

With that context in mind, we break down each category and highlight the five foods with the largest single-origin import value.

Farm Fresh: Fruit and Vegetable Imports

U.S. fruit and vegetable imports have been on a steady rise since 2000. In fact, between 2011 and 2021, fruits and nuts imports made up 44% of domestic consumption, while 35% of vegetables consumed in the U.S. came from outside the country.

Mexico is by far the largest exporter of fruits and vegetables to the United States.

Fruit or VegetableLargest Exporting CountryU.S. Import Value (2020)
Tomatoes๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Mexico$2.5B
Avocados๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Mexico$2.1B
Peppers๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Mexico$1.4B
Bananas๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡น Guatemala$1.0B
Strawberries๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Mexico$897M

The U.S. imported $2.5 billion worth of tomatoes from Mexico in 2020, representing 31% of international tomato trade. Avocados, native to central Mexico, were nearly as popular with $2.1 billion worth of imports.

Generally, the largest exporters of fruits and vegetables to the U.S. are North and South American countries, with products often coming from Guatemala, Chile, Peru, Costa Rica, and Brazil.

Beefed Up: Meat Imports

The U.S. is the worldโ€™s largest overall consumer of beef (or bovine meat), and the third-largest per capita consumer at nearly 37.9 kg (84 lbs) per person per year.

Therefore, despite being one of the top producers of beef, the country still imports a lot of it.

MeatLargest Exporting CountryU.S. Import Value (2020)
Bovine Cuts๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada$1.4B
Bovine Cuts, Frozen๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ New Zealand$839M
Sheep Meat๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia$643M
Swine Hams, Shoulders, and Cuts๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada$559M
Bovine Cuts, Bone In๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Mexico$449M

Precisely, The U.S. imported $8.7 billion worth of meat in 2020. Canada was the largest source of imported beef, with the U.S. accounting for more than 70% of all Canadian beef exports.

The sources of meat imports are more geographically diverse than fruits and vegetables, with billions of dollars of imports coming from New Zealand and Australia.

Making Waves: Seafood Imports

Despite plenty of coastlines, the U.S. imports 70โ€“85% of all its seafood and accounted for 15% of global seafood imports in 2020 at $21.8 billion.

Frozen shrimp and prawns were the top seafood import, with $1.9 billion worth from India.

Fish and SeafoodLargest Exporting CountryU.S. Import Value (2020)
Shrimp and Prawns, Frozen๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India$1.9B
Fish Fillet or Meat๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Chile$1.4B
Fish Fillet or Meat, Frozen๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ China$884M
Lobsters๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada$764M
Crabs, Frozen๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada$719M

The largest source of U.S. seafood imports overall with $3.1 billion total was Canada, which leads in lobster, crab, and whole fish imports. It was followed by Chile at $2.1 billion, primarily for parts of fish (fillet or meat, fresh or chilled).

Other Foods: Oils, Grains, Coffee, and More

There are plenty of other types of foods and agricultural products that the U.S. relies on other countries for. Here are the largest single-origin U.S. food imports for the remaining categories:

FoodCategoryLargest Exporting CountryU.S. Import Value (2020)
Canola Oil, RefinedOils๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada$1.4B
Coffee, Not RoastedStimulants/Spices๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด Colombia$1.0B
Cashews, ShelledNuts/Seeds/Beans๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ Vietnam$960M
Raw Sugar, RefinedSweetners๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Mexico$723M
RiceCereals๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ Thailand$713M
CheeseDairy๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy$310M

Some of the highest and potentially surprising exports? Imports of refined Canadian canola oil totaled $1.4 billion in 2020, while Vietnam exported a whopping $960 million worth of cashews to America.

A Global Plate: The Diversity of U.S. Food Imports

The amount and value of food imported to the U.S. highlights the diversity of consumer preferences and the importance of global food stocks, considering America is one of the world’s leading food producers.

With countries having to rely on others to satisfy demand for limited production supply or exotic foods, the interconnectedness of the global food system is both vital and delicate.

Whatโ€™s clear is that the U.S. food plate is indeed a global one, with many foods taking remarkable journeys from farm to fork.

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Ranked: The Worldโ€™s Most and Least Powerful Passports in 2023

How strong is your passport? This ranking showcases the most and least powerful passports based on their ease of access to countries globally.

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Ranked: The Worldโ€™s Most and Least Powerful Passports

Depending on your passport, travel can be as simple as just booking flights, finding a hotel, and, then simply going.

But for many across the world, it’s not that easyโ€”a number of passport holders need to obtain a travel/tourist visa prior to arrival. These visas typically require approval from the destination country’s government that can take weeks or months.

Japanese passport holders, for example, are able to visit 193 countries without pre-approval (nearly every country on Earth). Afghans, on the other hand, can only visit 27 countries with the same level of ease.

This ranking uses data from Henley & Partners, which determines the number of countries to which a passport holder has visa-free access.

The World’s Passports

First let’s look at every country’s position in the ranking in the table below:

RankPassportNumber of Countries Allowing Visa-Free Access
#1๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Japan193
#1๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Singapore193
#3๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท South Korea192
#4๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany191
#4๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spain191
#6๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland190
#6๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy190
#6๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡บ Luxembourg190
#9๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Austria189
#9๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark189
#9๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Netherlands189
#9๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden189
#13๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France188
#13๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Ireland188
#13๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น Portugal188
#13๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง United Kingdom188
#17๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Belgium187
#17๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechia187
#17๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ New Zealand187
#17๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norway187
#17๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerland187
#17๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States187
#23๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia186
#23๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada186
#23๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท Greece186
#23๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡น Malta186
#27๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ Hungary185
#27๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Poland185
#29๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น Lithuania184
#29๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Slovakia184
#31๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Latvia183
#31๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Slovenia183
#33๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช Estonia182
#34๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ Iceland181
#35๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ Malaysia180
#36๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Liechtenstein179
#37๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ Cyprus178
#37๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช United Arab Emirates178
#39๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด Romania176
#40๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ Bulgaria175
#40๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Chile175
#40๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Croatia175
#40๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡จ Monaco175
#44๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Hong Kong (SAR China)172
#45๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท Argentina171
#46๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Brazil170
#46๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฒ San Marino170
#48๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Andorra169
#49๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ณ Brunei167
#50๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง Barbados162
#51๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Israel160
#51๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Mexico160
#53๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ณ St. Kitts and Nevis156
#54๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ธ Bahamas155
#55๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฆ Vatican City154
#56๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ Seychelles153
#56๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ Uruguay153
#58๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡จ St. Vincent and the Grenadines151
#59๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Antigua and Barbuda150
#59๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท Costa Rica150
#59๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น Trinidad and Tobago150
#62๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡บ Mauritius146
#63๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡จ St. Lucia146
#63๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ผ Taiwan 146
#65๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Grenada145
#66๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Dominica144
#66๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ด Macao (SAR China)144
#66๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Ukraine144
#69๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ Panama143
#70๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡พ Paraguay141
#71๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ Serbia137
#72๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช Peru136
#73๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด Colombia133
#73๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡น Guatemala133
#73๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ณ Honduras133
#76๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ป El Salvador132
#77๐Ÿ‡ผ๐Ÿ‡ธ Samoa131
#77๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ง Solomon Islands131
#79๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ด Tonga129
#80๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ช Venezuela128
#81๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Nicaragua127
#81๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ป Tuvalu127
#83๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฐ North Macedonia125
#84๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ช Montenegro124
#85๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Kiribati123
#86๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ญ Marshall Islands122
#87๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Moldova120
#88๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ผ Palau Islands119
#89๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ Bosnia and Herzegovina118
#89๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Micronesia118
#89๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia118
#92๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Albania115
#92๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ช Georgia115
#94๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท Tรผrkiye111
#95๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ South Africa106
#96๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฟ Belize102
#97๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Qatar100
#98๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ผ Kuwait97
#98๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡บ Vanuatu97
#100๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฑ Timor-Leste94
#101๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ Ecuador92
#102๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ป Maldives89
#102๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ท Nauru89
#104๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ญ Bahrain87
#104๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฏ Fiji87
#104๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡พ Guyana87
#107๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ผ Botswana86
#107๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Jamaica86
#109๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿ‡ฒ Oman82
#109๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฌ Papua New Guinea82
#109๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Saudi Arabia82
#112๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ China81
#113๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Belarus79
#113๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ด Bolivia79
#113๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ Thailand79
#116๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Namibia78
#117๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ธ Lesotho77
#117๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ท Suriname77
#119๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Kazakhstan75
#120๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Eswatini74
#121๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ผ Malawi73
#122๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Indonesia72
#122๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช Kenya72
#124๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฟ Tanzania71
#124๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณ Tunisia71
#126๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ด Dominican Republic70
#126๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Zambia70
#128๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Azerbaijan69
#129๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฒ The Gambia68
#130๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ Philippines67
#131๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Uganda66
#132๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Armenia65
#132๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ป Cape Verde Islands65
#132๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Morocco65
#132๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ Zimbabwe65
#136๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡บ Cuba64
#136๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ Ghana64
#136๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Sierra Leone64
#139๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Kyrgyzstan63
#140๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ณ Mongolia61
#140๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Mozambique61
#142๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฏ Benin60
#142๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India60
#142๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ผ Rwanda60
#145๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡น Sao Tome and Principe59
#145๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฏ Tajikistan59
#145๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Uzbekistan59
#148๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ท Mauritania58
#149๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ Burkina Faso57
#150๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Cote d'Ivoire56
#150๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Gabon56
#150๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ Senegal56
#153๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ถ Equatorial Guinea55
#153๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ณ Guinea55
#153๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ Vietnam55
#156๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ Cambodia54
#156๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Madagascar54
#156๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ Togo54
#159๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ Egypt53
#159๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ด Jordan53
#159๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Mali53
#159๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ช Niger53
#163๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Algeria52
#163๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡น Bhutan52
#163๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ซ Central African Republic52
#163๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฉ Chad52
#163๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Comoros52
#163๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ผ Guinea-Bissau52
#163๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฒ Turkmenistan52
#170๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Cameroon51
#171๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ด Angola50
#171๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Laos50
#173๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฎ Burundi49
#173๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Congo (Rep.)49
#173๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ท Liberia49
#176๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฏ Djibouti48
#176๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡น Haiti48
#178๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Myanmar47
#179๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡น Ethiopia46
#179๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Nigeria46
#181๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ท Eritrea44
#181๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท Iran44
#181๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ธ South Sudan44
#184๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Democratic Republic of the Congo 42
#184๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Sudan42
#186๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Kosovo41
#186๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ง Lebanon41
#186๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Sri Lanka41
#189๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฉ Bangladesh40
#189๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡พ Libya40
#189๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ต North Korea40
#192๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ Palestine38
#193๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ต Nepal37
#194๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ด Somalia35
#195๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡ช Yemen34
#196๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ Pakistan32
#197๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡พ Syria30
#198๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ถ Iraq29
#199Afghanistan27

Visas are imposed by some countries to make it easier to track visitors, allowing a country to assess whether said passport-holder may be a risk for illegal immigration, crime, acts of terror, or covert surveillance.

For example, both Russia and China require American passport holders to obtain visas prior to travel, and vice versa.

The Most Powerful Passports

When it comes to the most powerful passports, most of the top 20 are issued by countries in Asia or Europe, with the exception of New Zealand and the United States.

Due to multiple ties in the rankings the U.S. technically ranks 17th, having visa-free access to 187 countries, on par with Norway, New Zealand, and Switzerland.

Ranking 66th, Ukraine’s passport has actually seen drastic improvement over the last decade, currently getting visa-free access to 144 countries. It has yet to be seen how this will change in the wake of the Russia/Ukraine conflict.

The Least Powerful Passports

Many of least powerful passports come out of war-torn and politically unstable nations. As visas for travel are typically required to counter illicit activity, these nations are often flagged whether justly or not.

One immediate standout among the least powerful passports is North Korea. The insular nation has visa-freeย access to 40 countries, ranking it above eight other passports on the list.

Most North Koreans who travel abroad do so only in extremely special circumstances for work, study, or athletic competitions. Leisure travel out of North Korea does not happen, but technically, North Koreans can visitย countries like Haiti, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Palestine, and Kyrgyzstan, among others without a visa.

The Biggest Gainers & Losers Over Time

From a big picture standpoint, the world’s travelers have seen their access improve significantly over the last 10 years. If you’re a citizen of the UAE, for example, your prospects for visa-free travel have improved by 100+ countriesย over the last decade.

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Here’s a closer look at 15 countries with the greatest change in visa-free access:

RankCountry2013 Visa-Free Access2023 Visa-Free Access10 Year Change
#1๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช United Arab Emirates72178+106
#2๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด Colombia63133+70
#3๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Ukraine77144+67
#4๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Moldova59120+61
#5๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡จ St. Vincent and the Grenadines92151+59
#6๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Dominica87144+57
#6๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Grenada88145+57
#8๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช Peru80136+56
#9๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ช Georgia60115+55
#10๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡จ St. Lucia94146+52
#11๐Ÿ‡ผ๐Ÿ‡ธ Samoa81131+50
#11๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น Trinidad and Tobago100150+50
#13๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ด Tonga80129+49
#14๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ง Solomon Islands84131+47
#15๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Croatia129175+46

On the other hand, other countries have fared poorly, with some actually losing access to destinations since 2013. Yemen and Syria are tied for first place, having lost visa-free access to nine countries over the last 10 years.

Here’s a look at 15 countries who experienced the biggest negative change:

RankCountry2013 Visa-Free Access2023 Visa-Free Access10 Year Change
#1๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡ช Yemen4334-9
#1๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡พ Syria3930-9
#3๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Nigeria4846-2
#3๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ถ Iraq3129-2
#5๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ต North Korea4140-1
#5๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฉ Bangladesh4140-1
#5๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ซ Afghanistan2827-1
#8๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ช Venezuela1281280
#8๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฒ The Gambia68680
#8๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ Pakistan32320
#8๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ช Niger53530
#8๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ต Nepal37370
#8๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Mali53530
#14๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ Togo5354+1
#14๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Sierra Leone6364+1

Looking at the tables above, it’s apparent that the world has generally become more open in recent years.

Overall, the power of a passport is almost directly reflective of the political state of the world. World powers and rich nations typically have free flow of travel, but those facing instability or war are often also face barriers when wanting to go abroad.

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