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World’s 10 Most Powerful, Worst Passports In 2021: Here Is Where India Stands

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Henley & Partners, a London-based global citizenship and residence advisory firm has released passport rankings knows as Henley Passport Index.

The index is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) – the largest, most accurate travel information database – and enhanced by Henley & Partners’ research team.

The index has not considered temporary restrictions imposed by the majority of countries due to a variety of reasons including the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Henley Passport Index comes at a time when countries are easing travel rules for international visitors after almost two years since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Indian Passport Ranking In 2021

India’s rank has slipped by six places from last year to 90 on the Henley Passport Index.

India, which held the 84th rank last year, fell down to the 90th position, with its passport holders allowed to travel visa-free to 58 countries. India shares the rank with Tajikistan and Burkina Faso.

  • Ranking In 2021: 90th
  • Visa-Free Destinations: 58

10 Best (Most Powerful) Passports In 2021

As per the Henley Passport Index, Japan and Singapore have bagged the top spot. The passport of both of these countries allows visa-free travel to 192 countries.

South Korea and Germany share the second position with access to 190 visa-free destinations.

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RankCountriesVisa-Free Travel
1Japan, Singapore 192
2South Korea, Germany 190
3Luxembourg, Spain, Italy, Finland 189
4Denmark, Austria 188
5Ireland, Netherlands, France, Sweden, Portugal 187
6Belgium, New Zealand, Switzerland 186
7Czech Republic, Greece, Malta, Norway, United Kingdom, United States 185
8Canada, Australia 184
9Hungary 183
10Poland Lithuania, Slovakia182

10 Worst (Least Powerful) Passports In 2021

Just like most powerful passports, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, and Yemen are among the worth (least powerful) passports.

Afghanistan passport allows visa-free travel to 26countries which is the least in the world.

RankCountriesVisa-Free Travel
107Iran, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Sudan41
108Bangladesh, Kosovo, Libya40
109North Korea39
110Nepal and Palestinian territories37
111Somalia34
112Yemen33
113Pakistan32
114Syria29
115Iraq28
116Afghanistan26

The Henley Passport Index: Q4 2021 Global Ranking

The Henley Passport Index: Q4 2021 Global Ranking
RankCountryVisa-Free Destinations
1Japan192
1Singapore192
2Germany190
2South Korea190
3Finland189
3Italy189
3Luxembourg189
3Spain189
4Austria188
4Denmark188
5France187
5Ireland187
5Netherlands187
5Portugal187
5Sweden187
6Belgium186
6New Zealand186
6Switzerland186
7Czech Republic185
7Greece185
7Malta185
7Norway185
7United Kingdom185
7United States185
8Australia184
8Canada184
9Hungary183
10Lithuania182
10Poland182
10Slovakia182
11Estonia181
11Latvia181
11Slovenia181
12Iceland180
13Malaysia179
14Liechtenstein178
15Cyprus176
16Chile174
16Monaco174
16Romania174
16United Arab Emirates174
17Bulgaria173
18Croatia172
19Hong Kong (SAR China)171
20Argentina170
20Brazil170
21San Marino169
22Andorra168
23Brunei166
24Barbados161
25Israel158
25Mexico158
26St. Kitts and Nevis157
27Bahamas155
28Uruguay153
28Vatican City153
29Seychelles152
30St. Vincent and the Grenadines151
31Antigua and Barbuda150
31Trinidad and Tobago150
32Costa Rica149
33Mauritius146
33St. Lucia146
34Taiwan (Chinese Taipei)145
35Grenada144
35Macao (SAR China)144
36Dominica143
37Panama141
37Paraguay141
38Ukraine136
39Serbia135
39Vanuatu135
40Peru134
41El Salvador133
42Guatemala132
42Honduras132
43Samoa131
43Solomon Islands131
44Colombia129
44Tonga129
44Venezuela129
45Tuvalu127
46Nicaragua126
47North Macedonia125
48Kiribati123
48Montenegro123
49Marshall Islands122
50Moldova120
51Palau Islands119
52Russian Federation118
53Micronesia117
54Bosnia and Herzegovina116
55Georgia115
56Albania113
57Turkey110
58South Africa103
59Belize101
60Qatar97
61Kuwait95
62Timor-Leste93
63Ecuador91
64Nauru89
65Fiji88
66Guyana87
66Maldives87
67Botswana86
68Jamaica85
69Bahrain84
70Papua New Guinea82
71Oman80
72Bolivia79
72China79
72Saudi Arabia79
72Thailand79
73Belarus78
73Namibia78
74Lesotho77
74Suriname77
75eSwatini74
75Kazakhstan74
76Malawi73
77Kenya72
77Tanzania72
78Indonesia71
78Tunisia71
78Zambia71
79Dominican Republic69
80Azerbaijan68
80The Gambia68
81Uganda67
82Cape Verde Islands66
83Philippines65
83Zimbabwe65
84Armenia64
84Ghana64
85Cuba63
85Morocco63
85Sierra Leone63
86Kyrgyzstan62
86Mozambique62
87Benin61
87Mongolia61
87Rwanda61
88Sao Tome and Principe60
89Mauritania59
90Burkina Faso58
90India58
90Tajikistan58
91Gabon57
92Cote d’Ivoire56
92Senegal56
92Uzbekistan56
93Equatorial Guinea55
93Madagascar55
94Guinea54
94Mali54
94Togo54
95Cambodia53
95Chad53
95Comoro Islands53
95Niger53
95Vietnam53
96Algeria52
96Bhutan52
96Central African Republic52
96Guinea-Bissau52
96Turkmenistan52
97Burundi51
97Egypt51
98Angola50
98Cameroon50
98Jordan50
99Laos49
99Liberia49
100Congo (Rep.)48
100Haiti48
101Djibouti47
102Myanmar46
103Ethiopia45
103Nigeria45
104South Sudan44
105Eritrea43
106Congo (Dem. Rep.)42
107Iran41
107Lebanon41
107Sri Lanka41
107Sudan41
108Bangladesh40
108Kosovo40
108Libya40
109North Korea39
110Nepal37
110Palestinian Territory37
111Somalia34
112Yemen33
113Pakistan31
114Syria29
115Iraq28
116Afghanistan26

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