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Asian tourists are getting visa-free welcome in more countries than ever before

BI India Bureau | Jan 10, 2019, 05.59PM IST

  • The top three countries with the most powerful passports are from Asia, according to the Henley Passport Index.
  • Japan retained its top ranking with 190 visa-free travel destinations
  • India ranked 79 in the global rankings while most of India’s neighboring countries including Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nepal ranked even lower. China is ahead of India at 40th position.
While Donald Trump pushes for a border wall with Mexico and Britain is busy debating Brexit, it appears that some Asian passport holders are among the world’s favorite visitors.

In the latest, Henley Passport Index, a global ranking of most powerful passports around the world, the top three slots were taken by countries in Asia. Japan stood at number one, retaining its top ranking with 190 visa-free travel destinations. South Korea and Singapore are tied at second place, while the third spot is shared between Germany and France.

Asia’s growing mobility is a sign of the countries’ growing potential to contribute to the global economy.

The index ranked passports based on the number of visa-free travel options they have.

With access to 61 ‘visa-free’ destinations, the Indian passport is ranked 79, marginally better than last year’s ranking f 81. Most of its neighbors ranked much lower -- Pakistan and Afghanistan are at 104 and Nepal at 94. China is far ahead of India at number 40.

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