The famous Henley Passport Index recently issued its Index for the year 2019. It ranked passports of 199 countries as per their citizen’s travel freedom. Asian countries seem to have dominated the index. Previously Germany held no. 1 position in the year 2018. However, this year Japan & Singapore hold the top position having a score of 189.
What is Henley Passport Index?
The Henley Passport Index (HPI) is a global ranking system which ranks countries according to the travel freedom of their citizens. It was started in the year 2005. It was initially known as ‘Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index (HVRI)’. However, the name was later modified in January 2018. The Index provides a ranking of the 199 passports of the different countries from around the world. The companies are scored on the basis of the number of countries to which their holders can travel to visa-free. Besides, it includes 227 travel destinations including microstates and territories.
The HPI for 2019 was recently released and India has its place in it. With a mobility score of 58, India is on 86th position in the long list. This means we Indians can travel to 58 countries/microstates/territories in the world without getting into the brain-consuming and time-taking process of obtaining a visa. Woah! We need to plan our vacations more effectively from now on. Although, India is not the sole country to hold the position. We are accompanied by Mauritania, Sao Tome and Principe.
The countries with the highest score of 189 are Japan and Singapore. Followed by Germany, Denmark & South Korea with a mobility score of 187. Is there even any place for which these guys will be needing a visa. It seems they can travel the whole world without a visa.
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As per the official statement, the United Kingdom and the United States now holds the sixth place together, with a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 183. It is the lowest score and position that these countries have held since the year 2010. The companies held the top position in 2014.
Belgium, Canada, Greece, Ireland, and Norway are also on the 6th position with UK & USA holding 183 mobility score. The third position is bagged by Denmark, Italy, and Luxembourg having 186 mobility score. France has, however, dropped down to the fourth spot which is shared the position with Spain and Sweden having a score of 185.
United Arab Emirates (UAE) has entered the top 20 slots for the first time, with a “record-breaking 41 places higher than its past score. It has a mobility score of 167.
The last positions are
Somalia (Rank 105, Score 31), Pakistan (Rank 106, Score 30), Syria (Rank 107, Score 29), Iraq (Rank 108, Score 27) & Afghanistan (Rank 109, Score 25).