To travel abroad, Indian nationals are granted Indian passports by the Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India. The Passports Act provides documentation for Indian citizenship and permits the bearer to travel overseas (1967).
In contrast to 58 nations in 2021, 60 countries, including Bhutan, Nepal, Indonesia, and Macau, now grant visa-free travel to holders of Indian passports, placing them at position 87 in the passport index.
The index, based on data gathered over 17 years, aids both individuals and governments in determining the relative worth of citizens worldwide based on whether passports provide simple visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to other nations.
1,63,370 Indians may have given up their citizenship, according to an Economic Times investigation. Most individuals moved their citizenships to the United States (78,284), Australia (23,533), Canada (21,597) and the UK (14,637).
According to a Bloomberg analysis, Asian nations have hardly appeared in the top 10 list of strong passports since 2017. Additionally, since the outbreak, Asian nations have been wary while opening their airspace to other nations.
Different Types of Passports in India
Why is an Indian passport so valuable?
A nation must provide visa-free travel, visa on arrival, and visa in advance for passport holders to receive the highest ranking on the passport index. The ones that provide people with the most freedom to travel are the ones with the strongest passports in the world.
Countries Names where Indian passport holders can travel visa-free:
|Cook Island||Marshall Islands|
|British Virgin Islands||Dominica|
|St. Kitts and Nevis||St. Lucia|
|St. Vincent and the Grenadines||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Macao (SAR China)||Maldives|
|Burundi||Cape Verde Islands|