World’s most powerful passports in 2020: Indians don’t need prior visa in 58 countries

  • Here is a list of the world's most powerful passports in 2020
  • Indian passport holders can travel visa-free in 58 countries around the world

Nikhil Agarwal
First Published9 Jan 2020
Indian passport is almost double as powerful as Pakistani passport, according to a list of the world's most powerful passports.
Indian passport is almost double as powerful as Pakistani passport, according to a list of the world’s most powerful passports.(Mint)

Indian passport, ranked 84th in the world's most powerful passport index 2020, can get you visa-free entry to 58 destinations worldwide, according to a new report. Based on data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Henley & Partners has come out with a passport index where countries are ranked according to the number of destinations their passport holder can access without a prior visa.

While Japan continues to top the list of the world's most powerful passport as it fetches visa-free access to 191 countries, India's rank has dropped from 82nd spot in 2019 to 84th in 2020.

World's top 10 most powerful passports:

1) Japan: Visa-free entry to 191 countries

2) Singapore: 190 countries

3) Germany, South Korea: 189

4) Finland, Italy: 188

5) Denmark, Luxembourg, Spain: 187

6) France, Sweden: 186

7) Austria, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland: 185

8) Belgium, Greece, Norway, UK, USA: 184

9) Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Malta, New Zealand: 183

10) Hungary, Lithuania, Slovakia: 181

India ranking:

India's passport ranking dropped 2 places in 2020 to the 84th position where it is tagged along with Mauritania and Tajikistan. Chinese passport is more powerful than India's as it is ranked 71st. Afghanistan's passport is the world's worst passport while Pakistan's is the fourth worst, according to the Henley Passport Index 2020 report.

Indian passport holders can travel visa-free to 58 destinations like Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Macao, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Kenya, Mauritius, Seychelles, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Iran and Qatar. However, you might require visa-on-arrival in some countries.

World's worst passports:

1) Afghanistan: Visa-free access to 26 countries

2) Iraq: 28 countries

3) Syria: 29

4) Pakistan, Somalia: 32

5) Yemen: 33

6) Libya: 37

7) Nepal, Palestinian Territory: 38

8) North Korea, Sudan: 39

9) Kosovo, Lebanon: 40

10) Bangladesh, Congo, Eritrea, Iran: 41

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