News: Henley & Partners has released the Henley Passport Index 2021.
- Henley Passport Index(HPI): It is a global ranking of countries according to the travel freedom for their citizens.
- When was it started? It was started in 2006 as Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index (HVRI) and was modified and renamed in January 2018.
- Based on: The ranking is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association(IATA) which maintains the world’s largest and most accurate database of travel information and research by the Henley & Partners Research Department.
- Topped by: Japan continues to hold the number one position on the index, with passport holders able to access 191 destinations around the world visa-free.
- India: India ranks 85th in the index with a visa-free score of 58.
- Neighboring countries: Pakistan (rank 107) and Nepal (rank 104) continue to be in the ‘worst passports to hold’ category with Pakistan having a visa-free score of 32 countries and Nepal having a score of 38 destinations.
- Worst Passports: Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan continue to be the countries with the worst passports to hold with a passport score of 29, 28 and 26 respectively.