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Henley & Partners has released the Henley Passport Index.
What is the Henley Passport Index?
Henley Passport Index(HPI) was started in 2006 as Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index (HVRI) and was modified and renamed in January 2018.
The index ranks the passports of countries according to the number of destinations their holders can visit without a prior visa.
The rankings are based on the analysis of data provided by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
What are the key findings of the index?
Topped by: Japan and Singapore stood at the top of the index, with their passport holders allowed to travel visa-free to 192 countries.
India: India, which held the 84th rank in 2020 fell down to the 90th position with its passport holders allowed to travel visa-free to 58 countries.
Bottom: At the bottom of the index is Afghanistan with an Afghan passport allowing visa-free travel to only 26 countries.
Other countries at the bottom of the index are Iraq, Syria, Pakistan and Yemen. Most of the countries at the bottom are either war-torn or seeing some state of strife.
Source: This post is based on the article “World’s most powerful passports as per Henley’s Index; India at 90th spot” published in TOI on 16th October 2021.