Here are some eye-openers about Indian passports according to latest study

Now India sure is gaining attraction in the world out there because of its demographic dividend and also because of the democracy present that allows businesses to grow and prosper. But when it comes to passports and perks that they bring about to the citizens, India fares poorly even when compared to some of the African countries. Did you know that according to Passport Index developed by global financial advisory firm Arton Capital, the Indian passport is positioned at 75 – much poorer than African countries like Zimbabwe (65), Uganda (66), Madagascar (74), Rwanda (72) and war-ravaged Sierra Leone (67).

The Passport Index developed by Arton Capital ranks national passports by the cross-border access that they bring by assigning a “visa-free score,” according to the number of countries a passport holder can visit visa-free or with visa on arrival.

The passports of 193 United Nations member countries and six territories were considered.

India’s passport entitles holder to visa-free travel to 51 countries. And while it may be less powerful than several African and Asian countries, it still manages to fare better than its immediate neighbours Bhutan (rank: 76), Nepal (rank: 89), Sri Lanka (rank: 89), Bangladesh (rank: 90), Pakistan (rank: 93). At rank 94, Afghanistan’s passport is at the absolute bottom.

On the other hand, and for the first time, an Asian country has emerged with the most powerful passport with Singapore citizens permitted visa-free travel to 159 countries. Germany is placed second while Sweden and South Korea are joint-third. United Kingdom shares the fourth place with six European countries and Japan while the United States has fallen to joint-sixth after Turkey and the Central African Republic revoked their visa-free status to Americans.

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