Written by Sharmita Kar | Edited by Chandrashekar Srinivasan

India ranked 87th on the Henley Passport Index – a global passport ranking that uses data from the International Air Transport Authority (IATA) to rank the ‘strongest’ and ‘weakest’ among 199 passports . The Indian passport provides visa-free access to 60 nations.

In comparison, Japan, which leads the ranking, has visa-free access to 193 countries, followed by Singapore and South Korea, both second with access to 192 countries.

India fell two places in the third quarter, but gained three compared to the corresponding period last year. India ranked 90th in the third and fourth quarters of 2021.

The passport index defines the strength of a country’s diplomatic relations with others; essentially, the more “easily accessible” a country is to others, the higher its ranking.

However, with global travel yet to fully recover from Covid restrictions, the index only offers a theoretical snapshot of the best documents to keep from this quarter.

Countries that Indians can access with a “visa on arrival” include Asian destinations like Thailand, Indonesia, Maldives and Sri Lanka. There are also 21 countries in Africa that provide visa on arrival services to Indian citizens. There are only two European countries to do the same.

Full list of countries to which India has visa-free access:

Countries to which India has access in Oceania (Henley Passport Index)
Countries to which India has access in the Middle East and Europe (Henley Passport Index)
Countries to which India has access in the Caribbean (Henley Passport Index)
Countries to which India has access in Asia and America (Henley Passport Index)
Countries to which India has access in Africa (Henley Passport Index)

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