The latest ranking published by Henley Passport Index, released on Tuesday, puts India’s passport in the 80th spot, moving it up five places from its position in 2022. Indians can now travel to 57 destinations without a visa.
India’s current rank ties it with countries like Togo and Senegal.
While Indian passport holders have visa-free access and visa-on-arrival access to countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, Rwanda, Jamaica, Sri Lanka, they still need a visa to enter 177 destinations across the world. Some of these countries include China, Japan, Russia, the United States, and European Union Countries.
Meanwhile, Singapore has replaced Japan with having the world’s most powerful passport, allowing visa-free entry to 192 global destinations.
After five years at the top, Japan dropped to third place as the number of destinations its passport can access without a visa fell. The US, which once topped the ranking nearly a decade ago, slid two places to eighth place. The UK, after a Brexit-induced slump, jumped two places to fourth, a position it last held in 2017.
Passport Index has become the most popular interactive online tool to display, sort, and rank the world’s passports.
Notably, the Henley Passport Index, originally created by Dr. Christian H. Kaelin, is based on data provided by the International Air Transport Authority (IATA) and covers 199 passports and 227 travel destinations.
It is updated in real-time throughout the year, as and when visa policy changes come into effect.