India has climbed to 85th rank this year, and Indians can travel to 59 countries visa free. India ranked 90th in 2021.Last year, India was at 87th spot.
Based on data from the International Air Transport Association ( IATA), the index includes 199 passports and 227 travel destinations. Along with the ranking, the index has also given a visa-free score, which refers to the number of destinations the respective country’s passport holders can access without holding a prior visa.
If no visa is required, then a score with value = 1 is created for that passport. The same applies if you can obtain a visa on arrival, a visitor’s permit, or an electronic travel authority (ETA) when entering the destination.
Ranked: Which country has the most powerful passport?
Indian passport holders can travel visa-free to 59 destinations like Bhutan, Indonesia, Macao, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Kenya, Mauritius, Seychelles, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Iran and Qatar. However, some countries require visa-on-arrival.
Countries Indians can travel to without a visa:
*Visa on arrival
** Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
Marshall Islands *
Palau Islands *
British Virgin Islands
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Lucia *
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
Macao (SAR China)
Sri Lanka *
Cape Verde Islands *
Comoro Islands *
Sierra Leone *
Only 6 percent of the world’s countries gives you access to more than 70 percent of the global economy, as per the Henley Passport power scores.
According to the Henley Passport Index, only 17 percent of countries grant you visa-free access to more than four fifths of the world’s 227 destinations,
India’s neighbouring countries, China and Pakistan ranked 66th and 106th position respectively on the list.
Here’s the list of the top 10 strongest passports in the world:
1. Japan (193)
2. Singapore/South Korea (192)
3. Germany/Spain (190)
4. Finland/Italy/Luxembourg (189)
5. Austria/Denmark/Netherlands/Sweden (188)
6. France/Ireland/Portugal/United Kingdom (187)
7. Belgium/Czech Republic/New Zealand/Norway/Switzerland/United States (186)
8. Australia/Canada/Greece/Malta (185)
9. Hungary/Poland (184)
10. Lithuania/Slovakia (183)
List of 10 countries that fall in the bottom 10:
100. Sri Lanka/Sudan (42)
101. Bangladesh/Kosovo/Libya (41)
102. North Korea (40 including Bangladesh, and Nepal in Asia)
103. Nepal/Palestinian Territory (38)
104. Somalia (35)
105. Yemen (34)
106. Pakistan (32)
107. Syria (30)
108. Iraq (29)
109. Afghanistan (27)
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