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India falls to 85th in global passport power rankings for 2024, ranking below Maldives and Saudi Arabia; France claims top spot

Henley Passport Index 2024: India Drops to 85th Rank

India Slips to 85th Rank in 2024 Henley Passport Index

In the recently released Henley Passport Index for 2024, India has slipped one rank down to 85th. The index, which ranks 199 nations based on the strength of their passports, revealed that France has topped the list this year, with its passport providing visa-free access to 194 countries.

Despite an increase in the number of countries offering visa-free access to Indian citizens, from 60 to 62, India’s ranking dropped. On the other hand, the rank of Pakistan remained the same at 106, while Bangladesh slipped from 101 to 102.

Countries like Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore, and Spain also joined France at the top of the list. Surprisingly, the Maldives, India’s maritime neighbor, was ranked 58th, with its citizens enjoying visa-free access to 96 countries.

The strength of a country’s passport is considered a significant metric in geopolitics, measuring its soft power. A strong passport allows citizens to travel across the globe without the need for a visa.

China saw a marginal increase in its ranking, from 66 to 64, as it granted visa-free access to several European nations to boost its tourism sector post-pandemic. The United States also moved up in the ranking from 7th to 6th position.

The Henley Passport Index methodology, based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Authority (IATA) and covering 199 passports and 227 travel destinations, is considered the standard reference tool for global citizens and sovereign states when assessing passport rankings.

The index highlights the significant transformation in global mobility over the last two decades, with the average number of countries offering visa-free access almost doubling from 58 in 2006 to 111 this year.

With the increasing importance of passport strength in global affairs, countries strive to improve their rankings to enhance their citizens’ travel privileges.

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