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Henley Passport Index launched

Posted on : 23 Jan 2020

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  • The Henley Passport Index, which periodically measures the world’s most travel-friendly passports, released its first report of the new decade.
  • India slipped two places in 2020 to the 84th place, sharing the spot with Mauritania and Tajikistan. Indians can get visa-free entry to 58 countries, according to the index.
  • Powered by the International Air Transport Association, the Henley Passport Index measures global access on the basis of nationality.
  • It’s ranking of 200 countries provides an in-depth picture of travel freedom, including the countries a given passport allows people access to and the types of visas required.
  • The Index, which is a ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa, placed Pakistan on the 104th position. Pakistani passport holders can have visa-free access to 32 countries.
  • Last year the Pakistani passport had been ranked as the fifth-worst passport to hold.
  • The Pakistani passport only ranks better than the passports of only three other countries: Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. It shares the fourth spot with Somalia.
  • India ranks at 84 with 58 nations offering its nationals visa-free or visa-on-arrival access.
  • The strongest passport, meanwhile, was found to be that of Japan. According to the Index, the Japanese can avail visa-free, or visa-on-arrival, access to 191 destinations around the world. Singapore comes in second with 190; while South Korea and Germany are tied in third place with 189.
  • The report notes that the gap between the highest and lowest ranking states—Japan and Afghanistan—is the largest it has been since the Index launched in 2006. A Japanese passport holder can access 165 more destinations than a holder of Afghanistan’s.
  • The U.S. and the U.K., meanwhile, continued to slide down the rankings. They currently are tied in eighth place with 184 options for ease of travel—a dramatic drop from the number one spot they jointly held in 2015.
  • The report noted that the biggest success story of the past decade was the U.A.E., which has climbed 47 places in 10 years and is currently at 18th place, with a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 171.
  • Similar to trade freedom, countries that rank highly in investment freedom generally have stronger passports. European states such as Austria, Malta, and Switzerland clearly show that countries with a business-friendly environment tend to score highly when it comes to passport power.

Article Related Questions

  1. Henley Passport Index is launched by which of the organization?

  2. 1.World Service Authority

    2.International Air Transport Association

    3.World Bank

    4.World Economic Forum

    Right Ans : International Air Transport Association

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