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India Drops To 84 In Passport Index, Asian Countries Lead

New Delhi: India has dropped 10 locations to 84 within the newest replace of the Henley Passport Index, sharing the spot with tiny international locations like Mauritania and Tajikistan.

India’s rating fell from a decade-high rating of 74 to a low of 84 in 2020. The Henley Passport Index is the rating of all of the world’s passports based on the variety of locations their holders can entry and not using a prior visa.

The Henley Passport Index web site supplies complete lists of the international locations one can entry visa-free, with an digital visa (e-Visa), with a visa on arrival, or with a traditional visa.

In an announcement launched final week, Henley Passport Index stated Asian international locations have firmly established their lead.

For the third consecutive yr, Japan has secured the highest spot on the index, which relies on unique information from the Worldwide Air Transport Affiliation (IATA), with a visa-free/visa-on-arrival rating of 191.

Singapore holds on to its 2nd place place with a rating of 190, whereas South Korea drops a rank to third place alongside Germany, giving their passport holders entry to 189 locations worldwide.

The US and the UK proceed their downward trajectory on the index’s rankings. Whereas each international locations stay within the prime 10, their shared eighth place place is a major decline from the primary spot they collectively held in 2015.

Within the prime 10, Finland and Italy share 4th place, whereas Denmark, Luxembourg, and Spain collectively maintain fifth place.

The assertion stated that the index’s historic success story stays the regular ascent of the UAE, which has climbed a exceptional 47 locations over the previous 10 years and now sits in 18th place.

On the opposite finish of the journey freedom spectrum, Afghanistan stays on the backside of the index, with its nationals capable of go to solely 26 locations visa-free.

(IANS)

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