Traveling is an excellent opportunity to learn about different cultures and see the world. Voyaging abroad allows you to extend your views and obtain a fresh perspective. However, before beginning any journey, all appropriate documentation, such as a passport and a visa, must be valid and checked.
A passport is a travel document that is accepted all over the world and proves your identity and citizenship. It's essential for any overseas travel and can take several weeks. One's respective passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the duration of your expected stay in a foreign nation.
A visa is a document that allows you to enter a foreign nation legally. Because each government has its own visa requirements, one must investigate and secure the proper permits before traveling. Some countries need visas in advance, while others provide them on arrival. Exploring the world and learning about different cultures may be a thrilling adventure. With proper planning and documentation, you can embark on a journey that will expose you to fresh perspectives and experiences. So, begin arranging your next overseas trip right away!
The objective of this article is to understand the Passport Ranking Index, its purpose for the global citizen and analysing in regards to India.
Passports are ranked by the Passport Ranking Index based on their strength and degree of flexibility for travel. The rankings are determined by looking at the travel agreements that different nations have with one another.
The Passport Index helps to understand the country's passport ranking and visa requirements for 199 nations. "Since its inception, Passport Index has become the leading global mobility intelligence platform, celebrated worldwide." Its purpose is to inform, engage, and inspire the Global citizen, as they constitute one of the most crucial values regarding country branding, citizenship, mobility, and public security. Additionally, essential terminologies are enlisted, such as Mobility Score (MS), Visa-Free (VF), Visa on Arrival (VOA), Visa Required (VR), Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA), Passport Power Rank (PPR), Welcoming Countries Score (WCS), Personal Mobility Score (PMS), World Openness Score (WOS), and COVID-19 Ban.
The passports are ranked according to various methodologies, as mentioned in the image above.
Called the "original ranking of all passports in the world," updated every four years. Henley & Partners, established in 1997, was formed as a hybrid of a private client immigration consultant and a fiduciary firm. And as of today, it focuses exclusively on citizenship planning and residence. The data for the ranking and methodology is sourced from International Air Transport Association (IATA), which controls international airline cooperation.
According to an article by The Social Talk, "Singapore has dethroned Japan as the world's most powerful passport holder, according to a ranking published by London-based immigration consultancy Henley's & Partners, an annual list ranking countries' passports according to global access."
How does the passport ranking impact a country such as India, and what does it mean?
India was placed 82nd, 84th, 85th, and 83rd in the previous index rankings for 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022, respectively, and has now risen to the 80th position in Henley's Passport Index for 2023, which allows it to enter visa-free in 57 countries, compared to 60 formerly.
The countries that allow India are Barbados, Bhutan, Bolivia, British Virgin Islands, Burundi, Cambodia, Cape Verde Islands, Comoro Islands, Djibouti, Dominica, El Salvador, Fiji, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Indonesia, Iran, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Laos, Macao (SAR China), Madagascar, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montserrat, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niue, Oman, Palau Islands, Qatar, Rwanda, Samoa, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Zimbabwe according to DNA.
Sourced from India TV News, India's low ranking suggests lower mobility of its citizens across the world. Many factors impact the international mobility of the citizens of a country, particularly the political and security concerns related to immigration. More specifically, many countries are also concerned with the risks of over-immigration stemming from India's large population, which threatens the safety and economy of the host nation. Also, it depends upon the relations, such as trade and bilateral, that India has with other countries.
India aims to improve its economic growth and mobility by seeking a more vital passport for its citizens to travel internationally for study, business, tourism, and other aspects.
Edited by Whitney Edna Ibe
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