India’s Passport Ranks: In the latest update of the Henley Passport Index, India’s passport has climbed to the 80th spot, a significant improvement from its previous rank of 85th in the 2022 edition. The index, a widely-used online tool, reveals that Indians can now travel to 57 nations without the need for a visa. However, visa requirements remain in place for 177 destinations worldwide, including prominent countries like China, Japan, Russia, the United States, Schengen nations, and European Union member states.
The improved ranking empowers Indian passport holders with visa-free and visa-on-arrival access to several attractive destinations. Some of the countries offering visa-free access to Indians include Indonesia, Thailand, Rwanda, Jamaica, and Sri Lanka, among others.
Singapore’s passport claims the title of the world’s most powerful passport in the current index. Singaporean passport holders enjoy visa-free travel to an impressive 192 global destinations. This significant achievement has dethroned the Japanese passport, which previously held the top position but has now dropped to third place due to a decrease in the number of visa-free destinations it can access.
The Henley Passport Index, created by Dr. Christian H. Kaelin, utilizes data provided by the International Air Transport Authority (IATA) to cover 199 passports and 227 travel destinations. The index is continuously updated in real-time throughout the year to reflect any changes in visa policies across the globe.
Various passports from different nations have secured second and third positions. The German, Italian, and Spanish passports rank second, while the third position is shared by seven nations, including Austria, Finland, France, Japan, Luxembourg, South Korea, and Sweden.
In contrast, the American visa has slipped to the eighth position from its former sixth-place standing. The American visa, which once topped the rankings nearly a decade ago, has seen a decline in its visa-free access. Similarly, Brexit has impacted the UK passport, causing it to fall to the fourth position in the index. At the bottom of the list lies Afghanistan, with only 27 destinations offering visa-free access to its passport holders.
As for neighboring countries in Asia, Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Laos, Macao (SAR China), Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Timor-Leste offer visa-free access to Indian passport holders. In Oceania, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Niue, Palau Islands, Samoa, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu extend the same privilege.
In the Middle East, Indians can enjoy visa-free access to Iran, Jordan, Oman, and Qatar. Meanwhile, several Caribbean nations, such as Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago, welcome Indian travelers without the need for a visa.
In conclusion, India’s improved ranking on the Henley Passport Index represents a positive development for Indian passport holders, granting them visa-free access to an increased number of nations. As international travel policies continue to evolve, this index serves as a valuable resource for travelers to stay informed about passport rankings and visa requirements.