India’s Passport Ranking Jumps to 82nd On Henley Index; Check Visa-Free Countries!

India's passport power is on the rise! The latest Henley Passport Index rankings show India significantly improving its position, now offering visa-free travel to 62 destinations worldwide. This article explores India's ranking jump, the top passports for visa-free travel, and what the Henley Passport Index reveals about global mobility.
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India’s passport power is on the rise! The latest Henley Passport Index rankings for March 2024 show India moving up three spots to the 82nd position. This means Indian passport holders now enjoy visa-free travel to 62 destinations worldwide, a significant improvement from previous years.

It’s noteworthy that in the first quarter of 2024, the Indian passport ranked at 85th position on the index, reflecting a recent improvement. However, it’s important to highlight that the number of visa-free countries for Indian passport holders remains unchanged.

Top Passports Offer Unprecedented Mobility

Six countries – France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, and Singapore – continue to jointly hold the top spot in the Henley Passport Index. Citizens of these nations can access a record-breaking 194 destinations without prior visas, reflecting their strong diplomatic ties and global influence.

India’s Ascent and Visa-Free Access

Indian Passport Ranking

India’s ascent in the rankings sees a notable leap of three places from its position in February. As of the March rankings, India stands proudly at 82nd place, offering its citizens visa-free access to 62 destinations.

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It’s worth mentioning that in the preceding year, countries like Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Kenya had included India in their lists of visa-free destinations.

Visa-Free Countries for Indians

Check out the table below for a quick look at 62 countries offering visa-free or visa-on-arrival entry for Indian passport holders. Keep in mind that entry requirements and durations may vary and are subject to change.

S. NoCountryVisa-Free/Visa-on-Arrival (ETA)Duration (Days)
1AngolaVisa-on-Arrival30
2BarbadosVisa-Free90
3BhutanVisa-Free14
4BoliviaVisa-on-ArrivalVaries
5British Virgin IslandsVisa-Free30
6BurundiVisa-on-ArrivalVaries
7CambodiaVisa-on-Arrival30
8Cape Verde IslandsVisa-on-Arrival30
9Comoro IslandsVisa-on-Arrival45
10Cook IslandsVisa-Free31
11DjiboutiVisa-on-ArrivalVaries
12DominicaVisa-Free21
13El SalvadorVisa-Free90
14EthiopiaVisa-on-ArrivalVaries
15FijiVisa-Free120
16GabonVisa-Free90
17GrenadaVisa-Free90
18Guinea-BissauVisa-on-ArrivalVaries
19HaitiVisa-Free90
20IndonesiaVisa-on-Arrival30
21IranVisa-on-ArrivalVaries
22JamaicaVisa-Free90
23JordanVisa-on-ArrivalVaries
24KazakhstanVisa-Free30
25KenyaETAVaries
26KiribatiVisa-Free30
27LaosVisa-on-Arrival30
28Macau (SAR China)Visa-Free30
29MadagascarVisa-Free90
30MalaysiaVisa-Free15
31MaldivesVisa-on-Arrival30
32Marshall IslandsVisa-on-Arrival30
33MauritaniaVisa-on-ArrivalVaries
34MauritiusVisa-Free90
35MicronesiaVisa-on-Arrival30
36MontserratVisa-Free90
37MozambiqueVisa-on-ArrivalVaries
38MyanmarVisa-on-Arrival28
39NepalVisa-Free90
40NiueVisa-Free30
41OmanVisa-on-Arrival10
42Palau IslandsVisa-on-Arrival30
43QatarVisa-Free30
44RwandaVisa-Free90
45SamoaVisa-on-Arrival60
46SenegalVisa-Free90
47SeychellesVisa-on-Arrival30
48Sierra LeoneVisa-on-ArrivalVaries
49SomaliaVisa-on-ArrivalVaries
50Sri LankaVisa-on-Arrival (Temporary)30
51Saint Kitts and NevisVisa-Free90
52Saint LuciaVisa-on-ArrivalVaries
53Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesVisa-Free30
54TanzaniaVisa-on-ArrivalVaries
55ThailandVisa-on-Arrival30
56Timor-LesteVisa-on-Arrival30
57TogoVisa-on-Arrival7
58Trinidad and TobagoVisa-Free90
59TunisiaVisa-Free90
60TuvaluVisa-on-Arrival30
61VanuatuVisa-Free30
62ZimbabweVisa-on-ArrivalVaries

What is the Henley Passport Index?

The Henley Passport Index is the leading authority on passport power. It ranks 199 passports based on the number of destinations a passport holder can access visa-free.

This ranking is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the world’s largest travel information database, and expert analysis by Henley & Partners.

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How Does India Compare to its Neighbors?

Here’s a quick look at how India’s passport ranking compares to its neighbors:

  • China (62nd)
  • Bhutan (85th)
  • Bangladesh (101st)
  • Sri Lanka (99th)
  • Myanmar (95th)
  • Maldives (57th)
  • Nepal (103rd)

Most and Least Powerful Passports

The top positions are dominated by most powerful passports from France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore, and Spain, with a score of 194. Conversely, passports from Afghanistan hold the lowest rank, with a score of 28 visa-free coountries.

RankMost Powerful PassportsVisa-Free Access
1France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Spain194
2Finland, Netherlands, South Korea, Sweden193
3Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Luxembourg, United Kingdom192
4Belgium, Norway, Portugal191
5Australia, Greece, Malta, New Zealand, Switzerland190
6Canada, Czechia, Poland, United States189
7Hungary, Lithuania188
8Estonia187
9Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia186
10Iceland185
List of Most Powerful Passports in 2024
RankLeast Powerful PassportsVisa-Free Access
1Eritrea43
2North Korea, Bangladesh42
3Palestinian Territory41
4Libya, Nepal40
5Somalia36
6Yemen35
7Pakistan34
8Iraq31
9Syria29
10Afghanistan28
Least Powerful Passports in 2024

Conclusion

India’s upward trajectory on the Henley Passport Index underscores its growing global stature and the increasing ease of travel for its citizens. As nations navigate the complexities of international relations, indices like these serve as crucial benchmarks for understanding diplomatic strengths and global mobility.

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Manish Khandelwal
Manish Khandelwal

Manish Khandelwal, a travel-tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in the travel industry. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Travelobiz.com, he's passionate about writing.

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