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Most Powerful Passports of 2020: India ranks 84th, Japan tops the list

The current ranking of Indian passport allows a passport holder to travel 58 countries without a visa. 

Jan 17, 2020 16:03 IST
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Henley Passport Index 2020 recently released the rankings of the world’s most powerful passports. Indian passport has ranked 84th in the list while Japan’s passport ranked 1st in the index. The rankings of these passports are based on data collected from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

The Henley and Partners said the list included passports of 199 countries and 227 tourist places. This list has been prepared based on new visa policies. The list included the most powerful and weakest passport of the world.

Key Highlights

• According to the Henley Passport Index, Japan has the most powerful passport in the world.
• Japan’s passport holders can visit 191 countries without any visa.
• Top 10 countries in the index are – Singapore, Germany, South Korea, Italy, Finland, Spain, Luxembourg, and Denmark.
• India is ranked 84th in this index. In 2006, India has been ranked 71st in this index. Currently, Indian passport holders can go to 58 countries without obtaining a visa.
• UAE’s passport has witnessed the highest growth from 65th position in 2010 to 18th in 2020.
• Nigeria’s passport ranked 199th as the weakest passport in the world.

Top powerful passports of the world

Rank 1: Japan

Rank 2: Singapore

Rank 3: South Korea, Germany

Rank 4: Italy, Finland

Rank 5: Spain, Luxemburg

Rank 6: Sweden, France

Rank 7: Switzerland, Portugal, Netherlands, Ireland, Austria

Rank 8: United States, UK, Norway, Greece, Belgium

Rank 9: Canada, Australia, Malta, New Zealand

Rank 10: Slovakia, Lithuania, Hungary

India in Henley Passport Index

The Henley Passport Index started in 2006. Indian passport was at 71st position in the inaugural year of the index. The current ranking of Indian passport allows a passport holder to travel 58 countries without a visa. The list included 33 such countries which give Indians visa on arrival. In 2019, the Indian passport’s ranking was 82 with visa-free travel to 59 countries. In 2018, the Indian passport’s ranking was 81 with visa-free access to 60 destinations.

About Henley Passport Index

The Henley Passport Index provides the most sophisticated and rigorous rankings according to the global access through a passport. It includes about those countries one can visit with which type of visa, how a passport has changed in the last 15 years, comparison of passports, and how an additional passport can improve one’s mobility.

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