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Henley Passport Index 2023

  • Published
    20th Jul, 2023
Context
  • Recently, Henley Passport Index 2023 has been released which assess the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa.
About the Index:
  • Released by: Henley and Partners.
  • The index includes 199 different passports and 227 different travel destinations.

Key Findings:

  • Singapore is on the Top with most powerful passport in the world, with its citizens able to visit 192 travel destinations out of 227 around the world visa-free.
  • Germany, Italy, and Spain occupy the second place.
  • Japan remained at the third position with countries like Austria, Finland, France, Luxembourg, South Korea, and Sweden.
  • India’s Performance: India has climbed seven places on Henley Passport Index 2023 to 80th rank from 87 last year.

In 2014, India ranked 76 with 52 countries allowing Indian passport holders visa free access but its performance has not been linear.

Henley Openness Index:

  • An exclusive new research has also been released named as ‘Henley Openness Index ‘which measures “how many nations does a country allow visa-free access to”.
  • Here, India was ranked 94 out of a total of 97 ranks for allowing only four countries visa-free access.
  • The Top 20 ‘most open’ countries are all small island nations or African states, except for Cambodia.
  • At the bottom of the Index were four countries for scoring zero for not permitting visa-free access for any passport — namely, Afghanistan, North Korea, Papua New Guinea, and Turkmenistan.
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