China-UAE bat in the list of world’s most powerful passport: Big blow to India- The ranking of the world’s most powerful passport for the year 2021 has arrived. Japan has got the top position in this list. It is followed by Singapore, second and Germany and South Korea jointly at third place. In the list of most powerful passports, China and the United Arab Emirates have made a huge jump. Afghanistan (116th and last), Syria, Iraq and Pakistan are among the worst passport holders. At the same time, India has suffered a setback in this latest list and has moved to 90th place.
If the passport of the Olympics is made, then Japan will win this entire competition. According to the Henley Passport Index, Japan has once again topped the list, which has been releasing a list of the world’s travel-friendly passports every year since 2006. Japanese passport holders have the facility of visa-free or visa on arrival access to 193 countries of the world. Henley said that people are travelling a lot this year due to the Coronavirus crisis.
Singapore, China and UAE made a good lead in the second place
For this reason, many countries have also imposed partial restrictions because of Corona. The second place in this list is Singapore, whose passport holder has access to 192 countries. It is followed by South Korea and Germany (191 countries). Even after applying the Corona vaccine, America and Britain are in seventh place. China and UAE have made very good progress in this list. The number of European countries is high in the list of top 10 countries.
On the other hand, China and the UAE have made great successes in the past decade in terms of travel freedom. China has risen 22 places since 2011. Now he has come down from 90th position to 68th position. On the other hand, UAE has jumped from 65th place to 15th place. The UAE has strengthened its diplomatic ties over the past decade. This is the reason that its citizens get easy access to 174 countries. Till a decade ago, this number was 67.
India slips six places to 90th
In this latest list, India has slipped six places to 90th place as compared to 2020 and 58 countries allow Indian citizens to enter without a visa. India’s rank in the year 2020 was 84. Even then 58 countries of the world used to give entry to Indian citizens without visas. In this latest list, Pakistan’s position remains fourth from the bottom of the list. Pakistan is at number 113 and only 32 countries allow visa-free to its citizens. Afghanistan is in the last place on the list. It is ranked 116th and a total of 26 countries allow visa-free travel.
How is the strength of a passport determined?
The strength or ranking of a passport of any country is based on the number of countries its holder can travel to without a prior visa. It simply means that how many countries provide Visa on Arrival facility to the citizens of the respective country. Visa on Arrival is mostly given to friendly countries, where citizens of that country do not pose any threat. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) provides its data.