Henley passport index 2021- Highlights

The Henley Passport Index 2021 was released recently in which India’s rank has dropped by six places as compared to 2020 index.

Key Points

  • Henley Passport Index lists the most travel-friendly passports of the world.
  • This year India has been ranked at 90th
  • This Index was released at a time when countries are relaxing the travel rules for international visitors after two years since the beginning of Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.

How this index ranks the countries?

Henley Passport Index ranks the passports of countries on the basis of number of destinations their holders can visit without getting visa in advance. Rankings are decided by analysing the data provided by ‘International Air Transport Association (IATA)’.

Ranking of the countries

  • This year Japan and Singapore have topped the list as their passports holders are allowed to travel across 192 countries visa-free.
  • Japan secured the top position for the third year in a row.
  • South Korea and Germany were at the second position.
  • Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Pakistan are among the least powerful.

India’s Rank

India was ranked at 84th position in 2020. But in 2021, its position has dropped to 90th position. India’s passport holders are allowed to travel to 58 countries visa-free. India shares this rank with Tajikistan and Burkina Faso.

Who prepares the report?

The Henley Passport Index was prepared by London-based Henley and Partners, which is a global citizenship and residence advisory firm. It covers 199 passports and 227 destinations.


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