The Indian passport could be the most powerful identification document in the country, but when it comes to the global scene, it fares rather poorly. The Passport Index developed by Arton Capital ranks national passports on the cross-border access it grants to citizens based on its ‘visa-free score’. The visa-free score essentially reveals how many countries would grant the passport holder visa on arrival or visa free passage to the country.
The index takes into account 193 countries and six territories. The scores are based on the number of countries that would give free passage to the passport holder. The Indian passport was ranked 75, and had a score of 51. It ranked below countries like Saudi Arabia with a score of 69, Zimbabwe with 62, Uganda with 61, Rwanda 54, even Togo that is one of the smallest countries in the world with 53.
The ten most powerful passports in the world belong to the following countries:
1. Singapore (159)
2. Germany (158)
3. Sweden, South Korea (157)
4. Denmark, Finland, Italy, France, Spain, Norway, Japan, United Kingdom (156)
5. Luxembourg, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Portugal (155)
6. Malaysia, Ireland, USA, Canada (154)
7. Greece, New Zealand, Australia (153)
8. Malta, Czechia, Iceland (152)
9. Hungary (150)
10. Slovenia, Slovakia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia (149)