India Among the World’s Most Powerful Passports
The Indian passport has been ranked 78 in a global ranking of the world’s most powerful passports. If you are an Indian citizen, you can fly to 21 countries without showing a visa, and can get a visa on arrival in 25 others.
Germany stands at the top with a visa free score of 157, while Singapore overtakes South Korea and becomes the highest ranked Asian passport with a visa free score of 156. Denmark, Finland, France, Spain, Switzerland, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States all tied for third at 155 points. India stands at 78th position with a visa free score of 46. Afghanistan’s is the least powerful passport with a visa free score of just 23.
The latest edition of the Arton Capital’s global ranking ‘Passport Index’ is based on cross-border access of national passports. The online interactive tool, which collects, displays and ranks the passports globally assigns a visa free score according to the number of countries a passport holder can visit visa free or with visa on arrival.
India ranks 23 among the countries ranked by how many passports they accept visa-free, with visa on arrival or with ETA. It accepts 145. The most welcoming country is Cambodia which accepts 198 passports.
The index calculates each passport’s visa-free score by using three steps: counting the number of countries each passport holder can visit without a visa, or where they can obtain a visa on arrival; comparing the two figures; and using the United Nations Development Programme Human Development Index (UNDP HDI) as a tie breaker.
Compiled by financial advisory firm Arton Capital, the index looks at 193 countries and six territories. The Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index 2016 ranked passports according to the total number of other countries citizens have visa-free travel to.
The Passport index 2017 was produced with the International Air Transport Association (IATA).