You might have heard of the term, powerful passport. But what does that mean exactly? Well, countries which have the highest visa-free score are known to have the world’s most powerful passports. In simple terms, as an Indian nationality passport holder, the more number of countries you can visit visa-free to, the more powerful your passport is. On that note, the Indian passport has dropped to the 84th spot in the world’s most powerful passport index 2020 in the rankings compiled by Henley & Partners. It has slipped down by 4 positions since 2019, where India was ranked on the 80th position. Now even though 84 is numerically a bigger number than 80, it indicates a weaker passport. But fret not, you can still visit 58 countries totally visa-free this year.
What’s In It?
Based on the data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the research department of Henley & Partners, Henley Passport Index has been ranking the world’s most powerful passports with precision. India might have slipped to the 84th position this year, but Indian passport holders can still travel visa-free to 58 countries like Maldives, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Macao, Bhutan, Cambodia, Nepal, Kenya, Myanmar, Qatar, Uganda, Iran, Seychelles and Zimbabwe.
List of countries Indian passport holders can travel without a visa.
- El Salvador
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Samoa (Requires permit on arrival)
- Sri Lanka (Requires special permit)
- Trinidad and Tobago
- FYRO Macedonia
List of countries which Indian passport holders can get visa on arrival
- Cape Verde
- Saint Lucia
- Turks & Caicos Islands
List of countries that require eVisa for Indian Passport holders
- Cote d’Ivoire
- São Tomé and Príncipe
If you’re curious to know which is the world’s most powerful passport, its Japan. And it has been ranked right at the top for the third consecutive year with visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to a massive number of 191 countries. This information is stated by the Passport Index 2020 released by global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley and Partners. Japan has been able to get this coveted position as it managed to get ahead of Singapore and even receive a visa on arrival access to Saudi Arabia, which Singapore did not. Singapore is ranked in the second position with a score of 190. You will be surprised to know that the top 3 positions in the Henley Passport Index 2020 were dominated by Asian countries, South Korea came having a tie with Germany for a score of 189.
After the top 3 countries, all being Asian, the list of the 10 strongest passports in the world were majorly dominated by European countries. Spain and Finland shared the 4th position, Denmark and Luxembourg the 5th rank, France and Sweden sitting together at the 6th spot. Portugal, Switzerland, Ireland, Austria and Netherlands too the 7th place. Did you know Indian Citizens Can Now Travel Visa-Free To Serbia?
So now that you know which are the world’s strongest passports. You might be guessing which is the weakest one. Well, that’s Afghanistan. It is ranked as the world’s worst passport with visa on arrival or visa-free access to only 26 countries. This is followed by Iraq with a score of 28 and Syria taking the position of the world’s thirst weakest passport with a score of 29. Somalia and Pakistan shared the fourth place for the world’s worst passport having a score of 32. So that’s about other countries. Indian passport holders cheer up! There is a long list of beautiful visa-free countries you can visit this 2020. So gear up! Here are Top 10 Countries That Provide Visa On Arrival For Indian Passport Holders