There are 11 countries in Asia where Indian passport holders can travel visa-free or obtain a visa on arrival

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India is ranked 87th in the latest Henley Passport Index, which is based on official data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). According to the latest rankings, Indian passport holders can travel visa-free to 60 destinations.

The classification of all passports in the world is based on the number of destinations to which their holders can access without a prior visa. Japan tops the list of most powerful passports, followed by Singapore and South Korea in second place.

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India’s score of 60 is based on the number of destinations to which its passport holders can travel without a visa.

“Indian passport holders now have roughly the same freedom of travel as before the pandemic, with unrestricted access to 60 destinations worldwide (down from just 23 destinations in 2020),” the Henley Passport Index report says.

The Henley Passport Index compares visa-free access from 199 different passports to 227 travel destinations. If no visa is required, a score with a value = 1 is created for this passport. The same applies if you can obtain a visa on arrival, a visitor’s permit or an electronic travel authorization (ETA) at the entrance to the destination.

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When a visa is required, or when a passport holder must obtain a government-approved electronic visa (e-Visa) before departure, a score with a value = 0 is assigned. This also applies if you need government approval before departure for a visa on arrival.

The total score for each passport is equal to the number of destinations for which no visa is required (value = 1).

Indian passport holders can enter 11 Asian countries, including Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal and Indonesia, visa-free or can obtain a visa on arrival. In Europe, visa-free access for Indians is limited to just two destinations while in the Middle East, four including Qatar will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup this year.

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In the African region, Indian passport holders have the most destinations to travel to with 21 countries allowing visa-free travel. In the Caribbean, 11 destinations are open to Indians for hassle-free travel. In the Oceania region, the number is nine.

Here is the full list of countries where Indians can travel visa free or can get visa on arrival.

ASIA

1. Bhutan
2. Cambodia *
3. Indonesia
4.Laos*
5. Macao (SAR China)
6.Maldives*
7. Burma*
8. Nepal
9.Sri Lanka*
10. Thailand *
11. East Timor *

AMERICAS

12. Bolivia *
13. El Salvador

AFRICA

14.Botswana*
15.Burundi *
16. Cape Verde Islands *
17. Comoros Islands *
18. Ethiopia*
19. Gabon *
20. Guinea-Bissau *
21. Madagascar *
22. Mauritania *
23. Mauritius
24.Mozambique*
25.Rwanda*
26. Senegal
27.Seychelles*
28. Sierra Leone *
29. Somalia*
30. Tanzania *
31. Togo *
32. Tunisia
33. Uganda *
34. Zimbabwe*

CARIBBEAN

35. Barbados
36. British Virgin Islands
37. Dominica
38. Pomegranate
39. Haiti
40. Jamaica
41. Montserrat
42. Saint Kitts and Nevis
43. Saint Lucia *
44. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
45. Trinidad and Tobago

EUROPE

46. ​​Albania
47. Serbia

MIDDLE EAST

48. Iran *
49. Jordan *
50.Oman
51. Qatar

OCEANIA

52. Cook Islands
53. Fiji
54. Marshall Islands*
55. Micronesia
56. Niue
57. Palau Islands *
58. Samoa*
59.Tuvalu*
60.Vanuatu

* denotes visa on arrival
Note: The list is accurate as of July 23, 2022.