Henley Passport Index 2020 recently released the rankings of the world’s most powerful passports in which Japan tops the Index and India secured 84th rank. The list included passports of 199 countries and 227 tourist places.

What do these scores mean?

Eg – In Henley passport index 2020 India secured 84th rank with 58 scores. This 58 scores/point means the Indian passport holder can travel 58 countries without any visa(visa-free access) or visa on arrival.

Top 10 countries according to the Henley Passport Index 2020 :

1. Japan (191 destinations)

2. Singapore (190)

3. South Korea, Germany (189)

4. Italy, Finland (188)

5. Spain, Luxembourg, Denmark (187)

6. Sweden, France (186)

7. Switzerland, Portugal, Netherlands, Ireland, Austria (185)

8. United States, United Kingdom, Norway, Greece, Belgium (184)

9. New Zealand, Malta, Czech Republic, Canada, Australia (183)

10. Slovakia, Lithuania, Hungary (181)

The worst passports according to the Henley Passport Index 2020 :

100. North Korea, Sudan (39 destinations)

101. Nepal, Palestinian Territory (38)

102. Libya (37)103. Yemen (33)

104. Somalia, Pakistan (32)

105. Syria (29)

106. Iraq (28)

107. Afghanistan (26)

The UAE has been the index’s biggest success story of the past decade, from 65th position in 2010 to 18th in 2020 with a visa-free or visa-on-arrival score of 171.

A Japanese passport holder can access 165 ( 191 scores of Japan – 26 scores of Afghanistan = 165 ) more destinations than a holder of the world’s weakest passport, that of Afghanistan, which offers visa-free/visa-on-arrival access to just 26 destinations.

Other countries that share 84th position and 58 scores with India are Mauritania & Tajikistan. Indian passport was at 71st position in the inaugural year(2006) of the index. In 2019, the Indian passport’s ranking was 82 with visa-free travel or visa on arrival to 59 countries.

The Henley Passport Index

The Henley Passport Index started in 2006 is the most rigorous and sophisticated measure of global access. It goes beyond a simple ranking of passports to provide you with an in-depth picture of your travel freedom, including which countries you can access with which type of visa, how your passport has changed over the last 14 years, how your passport compares to other passports, why your passport has the level of access it does, and which additional passports would improve your mobility.

The Henley Passport Index is the only passport index that is based on IATA data, enhanced by extensive in-house research, supported by expert commentary, and updated regularly throughout the year, making it the most robust, credible, and reliable index of its kind.

Other indexes

Arton Capital’s Passport Index takes into consideration the passports of 193 United Nations member countries and 6 territories -> ROC Taiwan, Macau (SAR China), Hong Kong (SAR China), Kosovo, Palestinian Territory and the Vatican. 

Its 2020 index puts the UAE on top with a “visa-free score” of 179, followed by Germany, Finland, Luxembourg and Spain with 172.

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Henley Passport Index 2020: Japan tops the Index and India secured 84th rank

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