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India’s Passport Ranking Drops in Global Index, France Secures Top Position

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale  - Senior Editor
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The recent release of the Henley Passport Index for 2024 reveals a surprising decline in India’s passport ranking, dropping one position from the previous year. According to India Today, the Indian passport now holds the 85th position, while France claims the top spot.

The Henley Passport Index assesses countries based on the strength of their passports, with France leading the list, offering visa-free access to 194 countries.

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Despite the decline, it is noteworthy that Indian passport holders enjoy visa-free access to 62 countries in 2024, an increase from 60 countries in 2023. This contrast in the ranking and increased visa-free access raises questions about the factors influencing India’s global mobility.

In comparison to India’s neighbors, Pakistan maintains its 106th position, and Bangladesh slips from 101st to 102nd place. Surprisingly, the Maldives surpasses India, securing the 58th position, granting its passport holders visa-free travel to 96 countries.

The Henley Passport Index derives its rankings from a 19-year analysis of data based on the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) specialized data. This comprehensive study covers 199 passports and 227 travel destinations worldwide, with monthly updates.

According to the Henley Passport Index, the number of countries offering visa-free travel has nearly doubled from an average of 58 in 2006 to 111 in 2024, reflecting a significant global shift in mobility trends over the past 18 years.

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