What is Henley Passport Index 2021?

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The Henley Passport Index 2021, which ranks the world's most powerful passports, has been released. The number of countries that grant visa-free travel to holders of these passports determines their placement in the index.

What is Henley Passport Index ?

The Henley Passport Index is the first and most authoritative assessment of all passports in the world, based on the number of countries to which their holders can travel without a visa. The index is built using unique data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the world's largest and most accurate travel information database, as well as research by Henley & Partners.

Henley and Partners is in charge of compiling the index. It is a global citizenship and residence advice firm situated in London. The Henley Passport Index claims to be the first ranking of passports around the world. It includes 227 places and 199 passports in all.

Key Points in the Henley Passport Index for 2021

  1. The top two countries on the list for 2021 are Japan and Singapore, whose citizens will be able to travel visa-free to 192 countries.
  2.  Japan has taken the top spot for the third year in a row.
  3. South Korea and Germany are ranked second and third, respectively.
  4. Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, and Yemen are among the passport countries with the least powerful passports.
  5. India, which was ranked 84th in 2020, has dropped to 90th, with its passport holders granted visa-free travel to 58 countries around the world.
  6.  India is ranked 90th, alongside Tajikistan and Burkina Faso.

The ten most powerful passports in the world are:

1. Japan, Singapore (Score:192)
2. Germany, South Korea (Score: 190)
3. Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain (Score: 189)
4. Austria, Denmark (Score: 188)
5. France, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden (Score: 187)
6. Belgium, New Zealand, Switzerland (Score: 186)
7. Czech Republic, Greece, Malta, Norway, United Kingdom, United States (Score: 185)
8. Australia, Canada (Score: 184)
9. Hungary (Score: 183)
10. Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia (Score: 182)

The ten least powerful passports in the world are:

1. Iran, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Sudan (Score:41)
2. Bangladesh, Kosovo, Libya (Score: 40)
3. North Korea (Score: 39)
4. Nepal, Palestinian Territory (Score: 37)
5. Somalia (Score: 34)
6. Yemen (Score: 33)
7. Pakistan (Score: 31)
8. Syria (Score: 29)
9. Iraq (Score: 28)
10. Afghanistan (Score: 26)

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