Global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley & Partners has released its quarterly report on the world’s most desirable passports, ranking Indian passport on 83rd place.
As per the latest report from the Henley Passport Index, Indian passport now holds the power to take its holders to 59 countries without a prior visa. The report by London-based global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley & Partners, is based on exclusive data provided by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and ranks all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa.
This year, India has shown major improvement in its power ranking by climbing up seven places and taking up 83rd place (as compared to last year’s 90th). Passport holders in India can now visit 59 countries, including latest additions like Oman, without obtaining a visa. The country has added 35 destinations since 2006, the year when the index was first released.
Japan and Singapore ranked first on the list with visa-free access to 192 destinations, followed by Germany and South Korea on second place with 190 destinations. Further down the list, Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, and Spain are all tied together on third place (with a score of 189). The index doesn’t take temporary restrictions into account.
In another recent update, Ministry of External Affairs in India has announced the country will soon start issuing e-passports, which will use Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) and biometrics. It has also ensured that these digital passports will secure biometric data, and also be in line with the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).