Indian passport holders do not need prior visa to travel to 60 countries

Japan, Singapore and South Korea have the most powerful passports in the world, according to the latest ranking published by Henley Passport Index. A Japanese passport offers hassle-free entry to 193 countries and remains the most powerful for the fifth consecutive year. Singapore and South Korea, which according to the latest Henley Passport Index are number 2 and 3 respectively, provide access to 192 countries.

Where is India?

The 87 rated Indian passport allows easy access to 60 countries. The lifting of the ban on international travel has helped passports get back on their feet. To contain the spread of covid-19, India had suspended international flights after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020. The ban was finally lifted after a two-year period in March this year.

Visa-free access to a tourist destination not only makes travel cheaper, but also hassle-free.

The rest of the top 10 includes countries like Germany, Spain, Finland, Luxembourg and Italy. The UK is sixth with access to 187 countries, while the US is seventh with a score of 186, according to the latest ranking.

Russian travel documents are ranked 50th, giving easy access to 119 nations. China ranked 69th with access to 80 countries and Afghanistan’s passport is the least useful, only getting the holder into 27 countries.

“Recovering and reclaiming our freedoms to travel, and our innate instinct to move and migrate, will take time, Henley & Partners Chairman Christian Kaelin said in a statement, Bloomberg reported.

The index, which uses 17 years of data, 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.

The Henley Passport Index is the original and authoritative ranking of all passports in the world according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa. The index is based on proprietary data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) – the largest and most accurate database of travel information – and enhanced by the research team at Henley & Partners.

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