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Is your passport “strong”? Find out how many countries allow visa-free entry for Indians

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The Indian passport has lost strength over the past decade, appearing in the second half of the Henley Passport 2021 index. The index, which ranks passports based on the number of countries that allow holders to enter visa-free , placed the Indian passport 90th out of 199 nations.

Visa-free entry means travelers can visit without a visa or obtain a visa, visitor’s permit or electronic visa on arrival. The more countries that allow these facilities for a country’s passport, the stronger it is.

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According to the Henley Passport Index, only 58 countries allow visa-free entry to Indians. These countries include Fiji, Iran, Qatar, Jordan, Albania, Serbia, Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Indonesia, Maldives, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Mauritius , Madagascar, Tunisia and Zimbabwe.

The first rank in the index was obtained jointly by Japan and Singapore, with 192 countries allowing visa-free entry to nationals of these two countries. Germany and South Korea were in second place, with 190 countries allowing visa-free entry to travelers with their passports.

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Finland, Italy, Luxembourg and Spain jointly occupied third place. Passports from these countries could allow holders to enter 189 countries without a visa, according to the Henley Passport Index.

Even among BRICS countries, the Indian passport fares the worst. Brazil has the strongest passport with 20th place on the index. Russia is 52nd on the index, while South Africa is 58th and China is 72nd.

The Indian passport has seen its ups and downs, ranking 78th on the index in 2011, before dropping to 82 in 2012. It then rose to 74th in 2013, the highest rank it recorded during over the past 10 years. It fell to 76th place in 2014, then to 88th in 2015. After staying at 82nd for two years (in 2019 and 2020), it has now fallen to 90th in 2021.

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