Henley Passport Index – Update (January, 2021)
The Henley Passport Index was launched by the International air Transport Association. Around 227 different travel destinations are considered to launch the index. The index is released based on the number of destinations the holders can access without visa.
What are the Key findings of Henley Passport Index?
- Nepal at rank 104 and Pakistan at 107 continue to be the “Worst passports to hold” category. Pakistan had a visa-free score of 32 countries and Nepal had a score of 38 countries.
- The countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria were the countries with the worst passport to hold with a score of 26, 28 and 29.
- The report said that Japanese citizens can travel to 191 countries and Japan was the top performer.
- Singapore was in second position with a score of 190.
- South Korea and Germany were at third position with a score of 189.
- Countries such as UK, USA, New Zealand and Switzerland were at the seventh position. They are considered as the most powerful passports in the world. Their score was 185.
- Australia was at eighth position with a score of 184.
What was the rank of India in Henley Passport Index?
India ranked 85th in the Henley Passport Index. India scored 58 in the Henley Passport Index.
What is new about Henley Passport Index, 2021?
Over the past sixteen years, the top positions of Henley Passport Index were taken by the European Union countries, USA and UK. This year, the Asia Pacific countries have become the top performers.
What is Passport Index?
The Passport Index is an online tool. It provides insights about visa-free travel option. The Passport Index includes World Openness score, Visa-free scores and Global mobility scores.
What are Visa free destinations?
There are 58 destinations in the world that does not require prior visa. Of these twenty are in Africa and eleven are in Asia.
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