South Asian Countries’ Passport Rankings Highlighted in Henley Passport Index
London — South Asian countries’ passport rankings have once again come under scrutiny in this year’s Henley Passport Index, revealing varying levels of visa-free access for their holders. The index, which ranks the world’s 199 passports based on the number of destinations their owners can access without a prior visa, sheds light on the mobility potential of different passports.
Indian Passport Climbs Seven Places, Nepal Ranked 98th:
The Indian passport showed significant improvement, climbing seven places to secure the 80th rank in the Henley Passport Index, up from 87th in the previous year. Indian passport holders now enjoy visa-free access to 57 countries, offering enhanced travel opportunities for its citizens.
In contrast, Nepal’s passport was ranked 98th out of 103 countries in the index, placing it in the lower tier of passport rankings. The Nepali passport holders receive an on-arrival visa in only 38 countries, highlighting limited ease of international travel compared to other countries.
Pakistani Passport Ranked Fourth Worst for Third Consecutive Year:
The Pakistani passport faced a recurring challenge, ranking as the “fourth worst” passport for the third consecutive year in the Henley Passport Index. Passport holders have access to a limited number of destinations without a prior visa, reflecting a need for further improvement in visa arrangements for Pakistani citizens.
Passport Rankings and Global Mobility:
The Henley Passport Index ranks passports based on the highest number of on-arrival visas granted by countries to passport holders. The index provides valuable insights into the global mobility potential and accessibility of different passports, impacting international travel and business opportunities for citizens of various nations.
Afghanistan holds the weakest passport in the survey, securing the 103rd position, with visa-on-arrival privileges in only 27 countries. Similarly, other South Asian countries such as Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia face challenges in terms of passport rankings, offering visa-on-arrival access in a limited number of countries.
In contrast, Singapore tops the list with the most powerful passport, granting visa-free access to passport holders in 192 countries. Germany, Italy, and Spain closely follow, providing visa-on-arrival privileges in 190 countries each.
The Henley Passport Index bases its rankings on special data from the International Air Transport Authority (IATA). The study includes 199 passports and 227 travel destinations, offering a comprehensive view of passport power and global mobility for citizens around the world.
As countries continue to assess and improve their visa policies, passport rankings play a crucial role in shaping international travel and diplomatic relations. These rankings provide valuable insights for policymakers and travelers, underscoring the importance of fostering stronger international relations to enhance global mobility and opportunities for citizens of South Asian countries.