Indians now have the opportunity to explore 62 countries without the need for a visa. This development is particularly exciting for globetrotters, as Indian passport holders can now travel to destinations such as the Maldives, Oman, Qatar, Zimbabwe, and Jamaica without undergoing the often arduous visa application process. This increased accessibility to global travel reflects India’s growing influence on the world stage.
The recent release of the Henley Passport Index 2024 (HPI) underscores India’s evolving passport landscape, with its global rank reaching 80th place. The HPI, a widely used tool for comparing and ranking passports worldwide, relies on data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to generate its rankings.
Six countries—France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore, and Spain—share this year’s coveted title of having the most powerful visa in the world. Passport holders from these countries enjoy visa-free entry into 194 other nations. The United States of America follows closely in seventh place, with visa-free access to 188 countries.
Conversely, Afghanistan finds itself at the bottom of the list, with only 28 nations granting visa-free entry, while Syria closely trails with access to 29 nations. Iraq and Pakistan round out the list with 31 and 34 visa-free destinations, respectively.