Henley Passport Index-
- The Henley Passport Index (HPI) has ranked all 199 passports in the world based on the number of visa-free places its holders have access to travel. The rank list is based on data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which manages the world’s largest database of travel-related information. It is supplemented by intensive, continuing research conducted by the Henley & Partners Research Department.
- It is updated in real-time as visa policy changes take effect throughout the year. Based on data spanning 17 years, the index assists wealthy individuals and governments in determining the value of citizenship worldwide by assessing which passports allow the most visa-free or visa-on-arrival access.
- India’s passport power has improved in the first quarter (Q1) 2022 report, which was released in January. It was ranked 83rd in the Henley Passport Index, jumping seven from the 90th position the previous year (2021).
- In April’s Q2 (second quarter) ranking, India slipped two places, ranking 85th on the passport ranking index.
- In the most recent Q3 (third quarter) ranking, announced in July, India dropped two positions to 87th globally.
- According to the Henley Passport Index released in Q3 of 2022, Japan has the most efficient passport in the world. A Japanese passport holder can travel to 193 countries without a visa.
- As the world recovers from Covid-19, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea have the most powerful passports, reversing the pre-pandemic rankings favoring European nations.
- While Japan is at the top of the list, Afghanistan is at the bottom, ranking 112th, with visa-free access to only 27 countries.
- According to the most recent ranking, the United Kingdom is sixth with access to 187 nations, the United States is seventh with a score of 186, and China is ranked 69th with accessibility to 80 countries.
- The Indian passport, ranked 87, enables easy access to 60 countries. The easing of the travel ban has helped passports grow stronger compared to previous years. Following the emergence of the Coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, India banned international flights to contain the transmission of covid-19. After two years, the prohibition was ultimately lifted in March of this year.
- Traveling to a tourist site without a visa is cheaper and less stressful.
- You won’t have to fill out long visa application papers like letters of support from friends and employers, photos, copies of passports, or bank statements.
- Applying for a regular visa is expensive. For example, the world’s third smallest country, Nauru, has the most expensive visa, costing $8,000 for only three months of access. If you can travel without a visa, you will not be required to pay these additional fees for each trip.
Curated by- Jeffrey
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