Indian passport gets Stronger, Climbs up 10 Ranks in Global Index

New Delhi: The Indian passport is getting stronger as more countries are offering visa-free entry and visa-on-arrival to Indians. The 2019 Passport Index that ranks passports of 199 countries based on their visa-free scores shows the Indian Passport that has strengthened over the last five years.

Indian passport has come from 77 in 2015 to 67 in 2019. Last year it was on 68. 25 countries now allow visa-free entry to the Indian passport holders and 39 more nations offer visa-on-arrival.

It seems more countries are opening up to Indian tourists and recognising their spending power. “One of the reasons for this improvement is that foreign governments don’t view Indian travellers with suspicion and welcome Indian tourists. They are of the opinion that Indians who come to their country do so for leisure or business and return home,” Karan Anand, head of relationships at Cox & Kings Ltd told Business Daily.

The main reason behind the increasing acceptance of Indian tourists is that the Indian government has opened its arms to foreign tourists over the last five years, Business Daily mentioned.

Looking at the development side, India stands on the 67 ranks while Pakistan, Bhutan, Egypt, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka stands at lower positions than India.

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