We’ve already entered the second half of 2019. And the latest Henley Passport Index ranks have been declared. The Indian passport ranks on the 86th position with a mobility score of 58. The index includes 199 passports and 227 travel destinations, including micro-states and territories. The score points out that Indian passport holders can access 58 countries around the world without a prior visa. India shares the 86th position with Mauritiana and Sao Tome and Principe.
Japan and Singapore have held onto their position as the world’s most travel-friendly passports, with South Korea dropping into second place. Asian countries dominate the rankings with holding onto the top spot with a score of 189 after they ousted Germany from its first position at the beginning of 2018.
Denmark, Italy, and Luxembourg are on the third rank. France has dropped to the fourth spot, now sharing the position with Spain and Sweden. With the visa-on-arrival score of 183, UK and US now share the sixth position with Belgium, Canada, Greece, Ireland, and Norway. For the first time, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has entered the top 20 slots with a visa-on-arrival at 41 places. Afghanistan at 109th is last on the list with a visa-on-arrival score of just 25.
Commenting on these developments, Dr Christian H Kaelin, Chairman of Henley & Partners and the creator of the passport index concept, said in an official release, “With a few notable exceptions, the latest rankings from the Henley Passport Index show that countries around the world increasingly view visa openness as crucial to economic and social progress. Discussions of passport power and global mobility tend to focus on the benefits for the countries with the strongest passports.”
What is the Henley & Partners passport index?
For some people, a passport is a portal to the world. For others, it is a barrier to the travel freedom they seek. The Henley Passport Index is the most rigorous and sophisticated measure of global access. It goes beyond a simple ranking of passports to provide you with an in-depth picture of your travel freedom, including which countries you can access with which type of visa, how your passport has changed over the last 14 years, how your passport compares to other passports, why your passport has the level of access it does, and which additional passports would improve your mobility.
The Henley Passport Index is the only passport index that is based on IATA (international air transport association) data, enhanced by extensive in-house research, supported by expert commentary, and updated regularly throughout the year, making it the most robust, credible, and reliable index of its kind.
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