In comparison to 2021, India’s passport power has increased this quarter. It is currently ranked 83rd in the Henley Passport Index, up to seven places from the previous year’s ranking of 90th. However, India was ranked 84th in 2020, whereas it was ranked 85th in 2016, along with Mali and Uzbekistan. The ranking is topped by Japan and Singapore.
The current rankings are for the first quarter of 2022, and India shares the position with Sao Tome and Principe in Central Africa, behind Rwanda and Uganda.
The Henley Passport Index has been ranking the world’s passports based on the number of places their holders may visit without a visa since 2005, using data from the International Air Transport Association.
With the inclusion of Oman and Armenia, India now enjoys visa-free access to 60 countries around the world. Since 2006, India has added 35 new destinations.
According to Henley and Partners, in 2006, a person could visit 57 countries visa-free on average. Today, that number has risen to 107, but this overall increase highlights a growing divide between countries in the global north and those in the global south, with nationals from countries like Sweden and the United States being able to visit more than 180 visa-free destinations, while passport holders from Angola, Cameroon, and Laos can only enter about 50, the statement said.
Source: The Hindu