Henley Passport Index 2021 | 07 Oct 2021

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India has been ranked 90th in the most powerful passport report ‘Henley Passport Index 2021’.

Key Points

  • About the Index:
    • The Henley Passport Index is the original ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa.
    • Originally created by Dr. Christian H. Kaelin (chairman of Henley & Partners), the ranking is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which maintains the world’s largest and most accurate database of travel information.
    • It was launched in 2006 and includes 199 different passports.
  • Global Rankings:
    • Japan and Singapore stood at the top of this year’s list, with their passport holders allowed to travel visa-free to 192 countries, while South Korea and Germany share the second position.
      • For the third consecutive year, Japan has secured the top position.
    • Meanwhile, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, and Yemen are among the least powerful.
  • India’s Performance:
    • India fell down to the 90th position, with its passport holders allowed to travel visa-free to 58 countries.
      • India shares the rank with Tajikistan and Burkina Faso.
    • India was ranked 85th in the January 2021’s index’, (84th) in 2020 and (82nd) in 2019.

Source: IE