Based on exclusive data provided by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), London-based global citizenship and residence advisory company Henley & Partners has released its annual Passport Index for 2023.
“This index provides users with comprehensive information about their global mobility and access with 199 passports and 227 travel destinations.”
According to the Henley Passport Index 2023, the Japanese passport is the most powerful passport in the world for the fifth consecutive year, allowing visa-free access to 193 countries. While India improved two places from last year, it remains ranked 85th on the index.
With its unique scoring system, the index gives users a clear picture of their passport’s power in a practical, useful, and reliable way. According to the statement, passport holders are evaluated based on the number of visa-free destinations they can access.
Indian Passport Ranked 85th
In terms of India, the Indian passport ranks 85th among the most powerful passport indexes in 2023 and is visa-free in 59 destinations globally. The country had previously ranked 82nd, 84th, 85th, and 83rd in 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022.
List of World’s Most Powerful Passports 2023
Using the Henley website, the powerful are defined as countries that people with passports can visit visa-free or visa-on-arrival.
Japan – 193
Singapore, South Korea – 192
Germany, Spain – 190
Finland, Italy, Luxembourg -189
Austria, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden – 188
France, Ireland, Portugal, United Kingdom -187
Belgium, United States, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Norway, Switzerland,– 186
Australia, Greece, Canada, Malta – 185
Poland, Hungary – 184
Lithuania, Slovakia – 183
Travel visa-free to 59 countries including Maldives, Qatar, Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Macao, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Seychelles, Thailand, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Uganda, and Iran is possible for holders of Indian passports. In some countries, you may require a visa upon arrival.
Based on 17 years of data, the index helps governments and citizens understand which passports offer the greatest level of visa-free or visa-on-arrival access.
Afghanistan’s passport is the world’s worst with a visa-free score of 27 and ranks 109th on the list of worst passports. The Iraqi passport ranks 108 with a visa-free score of 29 as the second worst passport.
A visa-free score of 30 places Syria at 107 on the list. With a visa-free score of 32, Pakistan comes in at number 106 on the world’s worst passports. With a visa-free score of 34, Yemen ranks 105 among all countries.
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