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Most Powerful Passport 2019: Japan tops, India ranks 86th

As per the Henley Passport Index 2019 Japan and Singapore have the world’s most powerful passports while India is holding 86th position.

Jul 4, 2019 11:05 IST
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Henley Passport Index 2019 has recently published on its website that shows Japan and Singapore holds first position collectively as most powerful passports in the world. The index includes 199 passports and 227 travel destinations including micro-states and territories.

India stands at 86th position in this index with a mobility score of 58. India shares this 86th position with Mauritiana and Sao Tome and Principe.

Key Highlights

•    As per the Henley Passport Index 2019 Japan and Singapore have the world’s most powerful passports. Both the countries secured top position out of 199 countries, thanks to passports which allow visa-free or visa-on-arrival travel to 189 places.
•    South Korea now sits in second place on the index along with Finland and Germany, with citizens of all three countries having access to 187 destinations around the world without a prior visa.
•    Denmark, Italy, and Luxembourg hold 3rd place, while France has dropped to 4th place, sharing this position with Spain and Sweden.
•    The UK and the US now share 6th place, along with Belgium, Canada, Greece, Ireland, and Norway.
•    Earlier in 2018 rankings India was on 79th position and now secured 86th.   India’s mobility score is 58 that mean that Indian passport holders can access 58 countries around the world without a prior visa.
•    The UK and the US now share sixth place, the lowest position either has held since 2010. The pair was top of the list in 2014.

Top powerful passports of the world

1. Japan, Singapore

2. Finland, Germany, South Korea

3. Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg

4. France, Spain, Sweden

5. Austria, Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland

6. Belgium, Canada, Greece, Ireland, Norway, United Kingdom, United States

Significance of global passport index

The results are part of citizenship planning firm Henley and Partners’ annual passport index, which ranks passports based on the number of countries a holder can go to without a visa or the number of countries a holder can go to where they can obtain a visa, visitor’s permit, or electronic travel authority upon arrival. Henley Passport Index shows that countries around the world increasingly view visa openness as crucial to economic and social progress.

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