Japan has the world’s strongest passport, followed by Singapore, South Korea and Germany, says the Henley Passport Index 2023. India is on the 85th position in the index, which ranks 109 countries. The Afghanistan passport has been ranked the lowest in the index.
The index jointly listed Singapore and South Korea passports as the second most powerful in the world. Both Asian countries were followed by Germany and Spain, then Finland, Italy and Luxembourg.
According to the Henley Passport Index, Japanese passport holders can visit 193 out of 227 countries and regions visa-free. An Indian passport holder, on the other hand, can visit 59 destinations without a visa.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Japanese passport is the most powerful among all passports in the world. India, on the other hand, improved its position by two spots from last year. Mauritanian and Uzbekistan passports are as powerful as that of India.
Invented nearly 20 years ago by Dr Christian H Kaelin, Chairman, Henley & Partners, the Henley Passport Index is based on the exclusive and official data from the International Air Transport Association. It is the original ranking of all the passports according to the number of destinations their holders can visit without a prior visa.