The Henley Passport Index has released the passport ranking for the first quarter of 2022 which showed a significant improvement for Indian passport holders. Compared to last year, India’s passport now ranks 83rd in the Henley Passport Index, up by seven places from 90th in 2021. India’s passport shares the ranking with African nations Sao Tome and Principe, behind Uganda and Rwanda, and can now travel to 60 nations visa-free.
Most powerful countries
Japan and Singapore passports have been listed as the world’s most powerful passports in 2022. Those holding Japan and Singapore passports can visit 192 countries visa-free. Finnish and Irish passport holders can visit more than 180 destinations without a visa.
Afghanistan has the weakest passport in the world as it can travel to only 26 places visa-free, followed by Iraq (28), Syria (29) and Pakistan (31). Citizens of Vietnam, Chad, and Egypt can visit only about 50 countries.
Which countries India can travel to visa-free?
Oman and Armenia are the latest countries added to the 2021 list which had 58 visa-free destinations for India. Indian passport holders can now visit 60 countries without a prior visa. Some of the countries where Indian passport holders can get Visa On Arrival (VOA) are Cook Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Iran, Armenia, Jordan, Albania, Serbia, Trinidad and Tobago, British Virgin Islands, Bhutan, Nepal, Thailand, Bolivia, Mauritius, and Ethiopia.
What is Henley Passport Index?
The Henley Passport Index, or HPI, is a global ranking of countries based on the travel freedom of ordinary passport holders in each country. The ranking process involves comparing each of the 199 passports to each of the world’s 227 eligible destinations. It also keeps track of any important visa policy changes throughout the world.
Process of Henley Passport Index
If no visa is required for passport holders, a value of 1 is assigned to each travel destination. The same score applies to passport holders who obtain a visa on arriving at the destination. A passport is given a value of zero if a visa is required or if the passport bearer must get an e-visa prior to departure. The number of places for which no visa is required determines the overall score for each passport.