In the latest update on global passport rankings, India secured the 80th spot, granting its citizens visa-free access to 62 countries, including popular tourist destinations like Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand.
This data is derived from the Henley Passport Index, which currently places France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore, and Spain at the pinnacle, boasting the most powerful passports globally with visa-free entry to 194 destinations.
For the past five years, Japan and Singapore have consistently held the top position, but this quarter’s rankings showcase a significant shift with European nations climbing up the ladder.
Finland and Sweden, tied with South Korea, share the second position, offering visa-free access to 193 destinations. Austria, Denmark, Ireland, and the Netherlands secure the third position, providing passport holders access to 192 destinations.
The Chairman of Henley & Partners, Christian H Kaelin, emphasized the widening global mobility gap. Despite an overall trend towards increased travel freedom over the past two decades, the disparity between the top and bottom of the index has reached an all-time high.
Kaelin stated, “The average number of destinations travelers can access visa-free has nearly doubled from 58 in 2006 to 111 in 2024.” He pointed out that top-ranked countries now enjoy the privilege of traveling to 166 more destinations visa-free than Afghanistan, which occupies the bottom spot on the list with access to just 28 countries without a visa. Syria, with visa-free access to only 29 destinations, holds the second-lowest position, followed by Iraq with 31 and Pakistan with 34.
In this dynamic landscape of passport rankings, India holds a significant position, reflecting the evolving global mobility trends. As countries reposition themselves on the list, the implications for international travel and diplomatic relations become increasingly apparent.