The ranking of the most powerful passports in the worls is determined by Passport Index, an online tool that collects data from 193 United Nations member countries and six territories to compile the results. The Index is sponsored by global financial advisory firm Arton Capital, and its calculated on the basis of the number of countries to which a passport grants entry without a visa.
What is the ranking based on?
The ranking is based on the score that the countries get after an analysis is made of the access that the different passports allow to countries around the world.
Depending on the cross-border access of national passports, the countries are ranked in an order to indicate their power.
According to the 2018 index results, several Asian countries have owerpowered the US and UK in having the most powerful passports in the world.
The Ranking of the most powerful passports in the works goes on as following :
- Germany, France, South Korea
- Denmark, Finland, Italy, Sweden, Spain
- Norway, United Kingdom, Austria, Luxembourg, Portugal, Netherlands, United States
Japan – No. 1 Rank
Japan is the sole country to snag the No. 1 rank, with a visa-free score of 190, one plus than the previous Singapore’s score of 189.
Japan has overtaken Singapore to claim the world’s most powerful passport spot on the 2018 Henley Passport Index, having gained visa-free access to Myanmar.
Fall in passport rankings:
— US and UK
The US and the UK, both with 186 destinations, have also slid down one spot — from 4th to 5th place — with neither having gained access to any new jurisdictions since the start of 2018.
*Rise in passport rankings:
–France, South Korea
France moved up from 4th to 3rd place aftee it gained visa-free access to Uzbekistan, while South Korea moved from 4th to 3rd place when it gained visa-free access to Myanmar.
Where does India Stand in the Passport ranking ?
As of 2018, the Indian passport is ranked 66th in the list of most powerful passports of the world. While 25 countries offer visa-free travel, visa on arrival is provided in 41 and 132 countries ask them to have a pre-travel visa.
With many countries now offering Visa on Arrival (VOA) to Indian passport holders, travelling abroad has now become easier than before.
Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, Maldives, Jordan, Indonesia, Seychelles, Nepal, Mauritius, Kenya, Bhutan, Iraq etc are one of the few countries which provide free visa on arrival to indian tourists.
An Indian passport holder can visit any of nations where it is give visa on arrival facility and obtain the visa while entering. While most of these countries offer visa on arrival facility to Indian passport holders, certain counties may require a permit, e-visa, invitation letter, or other means for entry.
Antarctica – Though there is no visa available to Antarctica, Indian visitors must obtain a permit to enter this country.
Bahrain – Bahrain offers the e-visa facility to Indians. Indians can use their valid passport, airline tickets, and sufficient funds to visit Bahrain.
Bhutan – Nationalities of India can visit Bhutan without the need for a visa. As long as you have the valid passport or any other travel documents, you will be able to visit Bhutan.
Bolivia – Bolivia offers visa on arrival facility to Indian passport holders for a maximum stay up to 90 days.
Cambodia – If you have a valid Indian passport along with the confirmed airline tickets, you can obtain a visa on arrival in Cambodia. The visa will allow you a maximum stay up to 30 days.