India moves up 5 ranks on Henley’s most powerful global passports index – Here are the top 10

Jan 11, 2023

By: Vaamanaa Sethi

Henley Passport Index Report

The Henley Passport Index report for Q1 2023 is out. It ranks the world’s passports according to the number of countries their holders can access without getting a prior visa. Based on data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the index includes 199 passports and 227 travel destinations.

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Visa-free score

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 a prior visa.

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India’s ranking

India has climbed to 85th rank this year, compared to 90th position in 2021. The Indian passport bagged a 59 on visa-free score.

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Other Asian countries

India’s neighbouring countries of China and Pakistan are ranked at 66th and 106th position respectively on the list. Nepal takes the 103rd spot.

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Japan

Rank: 1 | Japan continues to hold the top position in the list for the second year. Japan passport holders can travel visa-free to 193 countries.

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Singapore and Korea

Rank: 2 | Ranked at the second position, both the countries have a 192 visa-free score, according to the report.

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Germany and Spain

Rank: 3 | Germany and Spain passport holders can travel visa free to 190 countries around the world.

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Finland, Italy and Luxembourg

Rank: 4 | All three countries' passport holders can travel to 189 countries without a visa.

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Austria, Denmark, Netherlands and Sweden

Rank: 5 | All the four countries are ranked at the fifth place on the list. They scored 188 on the visa-free score.

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France, Ireland, Portugal and the United Kingdom

Rank: 6 | Passport holders of these countries can visit 187 countries without a visa, according to the report.

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Belgium, Czech Republic, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland and the United States

Rank: 7 | The report has ranked six countries at the seventh position and the passport holders of these countries can visit 186 countries without any visa.

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Australia, Canada, Greece, and Malta

Rank: 8 | People belonging to Australia, Canada, Greece and Malta can travel visa-free to 185 countries.

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Hungary and Poland

Rank: 9 | Poland climbed by one position this year. Both the countries have a visa-free score of 184.

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Lithuania and Slovakia

Rank: 10 | Both the countries have ranked at the same spot as last year. Travellers from these two countries can visit 183 countries without a visa.

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