Indian Passport Rank in Global & Henley Passport Index

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All abut Indian Passport Ranking & Strength in the World

Most of the popular passport indices have published their rankings for the year 2020 and avid-travellers are scrambling to find out how India has fared in them!

While current circumstances might not favour international travelling, knowing the Indian passport rank is certainly an important affair for those who have to frequently visit other countries – be it for business or leisure.

Here, we will inform you about the passport rank of India as per two of the most judiciously followed indices – Henley Passport Index and Global Passport Power Rank by Arton Capital.

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India’s Rank in Henley Passport Index

When it comes to passports, people either view it as their gateway to the entire world or as a barrier to their travel freedom.

Henley Passport Index provides an accurate measure of how much freedom a passport-holder of any particular country can enjoy in their quest to travel the world.

One of the most trusted indices – this index ranks passports according to the number of countries their holders can visit without applying for a visa.

This particular index collects its data from the International Air Transport Association and ranks 199 passports in total.

Here is India’s rank in Henley Passport Index as in the years 2018, 2019 and 2020:


Passport rank

Number of countries Indian passport holders can visit without a visa










As per this new ranking, Indian passport holders can enjoy visa-free travel to 58 countries including Nepal, Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Seychelles, Mauritius, etc.

As of now, after its fall in rank from 82 in 2019, the Indian passport ties in with Tajikistan and Mauritania.

Disclaimer - This data was updated in June-2020.

India’s Ranks in Global Passport Index

The Global Passport Index, empowered by Arton Capital, boasts of being the original interactive passport ranking system in the world. It offers real-time updates pertaining to new visa changes and waivers.

With this index, individuals will be able to gauge their passport’s mobility score, which is calculated according to the visa on arrival, visa-free, eVisa and eTA privileges proffered by said passport.

Following is the Global Passport Index rank for India for the years 2018, 2019 and 2020.


Passport rank

Number of countries offering visa-free, and visa on arrival facilities.



Visa-free : 17 | Visa on arrival: 30



Visa-free: 25 | Visa on arrival: 32



Visa-free: 25 | Visa on arrival: 41

Currently, as per the Global Passport Index rankings, the Indian passport is tied with the Philippines, Mauritania, Cameroon and Niger in terms of allowing travellers access to visa-free travel.

Even though India’s mobility score has dipped in 2020, Indian passport holders can always expect that their visa-free and visa on arrival privileges will expand and include other countries in the upcoming years!

Now that we have learnt about India’s position in the passport rankings, let us now take a glance at the top ten most and least powerful passports in the world according to the two indices mentioned above.

Disclaimer - This data was updated in June-2020.

Top 10 Most Powerful Passports in the World

The following table illustrates the first ten rank holders of the most powerful passports in the world in 2020, as per the benefits they offer to their holders in terms of freedom to travel without applying for a visa prior to the commencement of their trips.

Passport rank

Henley Passport Index

Global Passport Index



Switzerland, Ireland, UK, Luxembourg, Spain, Finland, Austria, Belgium



Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, Germany, France, Norway


Germany, South Korea

Iceland, Portugal, Greece, Malta


Finland, Luxembourg, Spain, Italy

Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Liechtenstein


Denmark, Austria

Latvia, Estonia, Slovakia


Portugal, Sweden, Netherlands, France, Ireland

Monaco, Croatia


US, UK, Norway, Belgium, Switzerland

Bulgaria, Romania, Cyprus


Malta, Greece, New Zealand, Czech Republic

San Marino


Canada, Australia




Ukraine, Vatican City

In 2020, as per the Henley Passport Index, Japan ranks first with visa-free access to 191 countries. In 2019, the Singapore passport earned the first position and now sits at the second position in the table.

However, due to separate metrics implemented by the Global Passport Index, the rankings of this index differ from that of the Henley Passport Index.

As per the GPI, the passports of eight countries, namely, the UK, Ireland, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Luxembourg, Finland and Belgium, offer their holders maximum mobility freedom around the world.

Disclaimer - This data was updated in June-2020.

10 Least Powerful Passports in the World

While visa-free travel is a luxury, there are a few passports that proffer their holders with limited access to such privileges. 

Following is a table illustrating the rankings of the least powerful passports as per the Henley Passport Index and the Global Passport Index:

Henley Passport Index Rank

Global Passport Index Rank

109 - Afghanistan

65 - Iraq

108 - Iraq

64 - Afghanistan

107 - Syria

63 - Syria

106 - Pakistan

62 - Somalia, Yemen

105 - Yemen, Somalia

61 - Iran, Palestinian Territory

104 - Nepa, Palestinian Territory, Libya

60 - Pakistan

103 - North Korea

59 - Myanmar

102 - Sudan, Kosovo, Lebanon

58 - Lebanon

101 - Iran, Bangladesh

57 - North Korea, Libya, Bangladesh, Eritrea

100 - Sri Lanka, Congo, Eritrea

56 - Nepal, Kosovo, Ethiopia

As per the rankings determined by both these indices, Afghanistan and Iraq are the two countries whose passports allow travellers the least freedom in visa-free international travel.

To know more about Indian passport ranking in the world for 2021 and beyond, keep an eye on the above-mentioned indices!

Disclaimer - This data was updated in June-2020.

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