The Henley Passport Index has been released and India ranked 87th on the chart with visa-free access to 60 countries. Henry passport index is a global passport rankings chart that uses data from the International Air Transport Authority (IATA) to rank ‘strongest’ and ‘weakest’ among 199 passports.
Japan, Singapore and South Korea have the most powerful passports in the world. Japan has topped the chart having visa-free access to 193 nations, followed by Singapore and South Korea – both second with access to 192 nations.
India’s passport provides visa-free access to 60 nations
Indian passport holders do not need a prior visa to travel to 60 countries as per the recently released Henley passport index listing. The passport index defines the strength of diplomatic relations of any one country with others; essentially, the more one country has ‘ease of access to others, the higher it’s ranking.
The index uses 17 years of data and helps wealthy individuals and governments assess the value of citizenships around the world based on which passports offer the most prolific visa-free, or visa-on-arrival access.
Countries to which Indians have ‘visa-on-arrival’ access include Asian destinations like Thailand, Indonesia, Maldives and Sri Lanka. 21 countries in Africa provide visa-on-arrival services to Indian citizens. There are only two European countries that do the same.
The reopening of international travel has helped passports regain resilience. After the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic in March 2020 India suspended international flights to contain the spread of covid-19. The ban was finally lifted after two years in March this year.
Here’s the full list of countries India has visa-free access to:
British Virgin Islands
St. Kitts and Nevis
Trinidad and Tobago
Macao (SAR China)
Cape Verde Islands