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2019 Passport Index: UAE tops the list, India jumps to 67th position

Updated : 2019-02-21 15:50:20

The 2019 Passport Index ranks 199 countries on the basis of their visa-free scores and on the UNDP Human Development Index.

The UAE passport was ranked number 1 on the index, allowing hassle-free travel to 167 countries ahead of the likes of Germany (no. 2), and the USA and France (joint 3rd).

Denmark, Sweden, Luxembourg, Finland, Italy, Singapore, Netherlands, Spain, Norway and South Korea are other nations enjoying the third ranking.

India was ranked 67th, as it provides visa-free access to 25 countries, visa on arrival to 39 countries and for 134 countries, visa requirement is compulsory.

Which means you can travel to about 25 countries visa-free.

Last year, India was ranked 68th on the Passport Index. The ranking of the Indian passport, as per the index, has become stronger in the last five years. In 2015, India's rank was 77.

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1. United Arab Emirates: Visa-free: 114, Visa on arrival: 54, Visa required: 30. The land of the Emirates, the tallest building in the world allows hassle-free travel to 168 countries.
1. United Arab Emirates: Visa-free: 114, Visa on arrival: 54, Visa required: 30. The land of the Emirates, the tallest building in the world allows hassle-free travel to 168 countries.
2. Germany: Visa-free: 127, Visa on arrival: 39, Visa required: 32. The land of automobile manufacturing and beer, Germany provides visa-free travel to 166 nations.
2. Germany: Visa-free: 127, Visa on arrival: 39, Visa required: 32. The land of automobile manufacturing and beer, Germany provides visa-free travel to 166 nations.
3. Denmark: Visa-free: 127, Visa on arrival: 38, Visa required: 33.  Denmark allows its citizens to travel to 165 nations without a visa.
3. Denmark: Visa-free: 127, Visa on arrival: 38, Visa required: 33.  Denmark allows its citizens to travel to 165 nations without a visa.
3. Sweden: Visa-free: 127, Visa on arrival: 38, Visa required: 33. Citizens of this Scandinavian nation with thousands of coastal islands have visa-free access to 165 nations.
3. Sweden: Visa-free: 127, Visa on arrival: 38, Visa required: 33. Citizens of this Scandinavian nation with thousands of coastal islands have visa-free access to 165 nations.
3. Luxembourg: Visa-free: 127, Visa on arrival: 38, Visa required: 33. A small country situated in the heart of Europe, surrounded by France, Belgium and Germany, allows its citizens to travel to 165 destinations visa-free around the world.
3. Luxembourg: Visa-free: 127, Visa on arrival: 38, Visa required: 33. A small country situated in the heart of Europe, surrounded by France, Belgium and Germany, allows its citizens to travel to 165 destinations visa-free around the world.
3. Finland: Visa-free: 127, Visa on arrival: 38, Visa required: 33. The Scandinavian nation which borders Sweden, Norway and Russia offers visa-free access to 165 destinations to its citizens.
3. Finland: Visa-free: 127, Visa on arrival: 38, Visa required: 33. The Scandinavian nation which borders Sweden, Norway and Russia offers visa-free access to 165 destinations to its citizens.
3. Italy: Visa-free: 127, Visa on arrival: 38, Visa required: 33. Italians can travel to 165 destinations visa-free or visa on-arrival.
3. Italy: Visa-free: 127, Visa on arrival: 38, Visa required: 33. Italians can travel to 165 destinations visa-free or visa on-arrival.
3. Singapore: Visa-free: 127, Visa on arrival: 38, Visa required: 33. A large tourist destination for many, Singaporean citizens themselves can travel to 165 nations without a visa.
3. Singapore: Visa-free: 127, Visa on arrival: 38, Visa required: 33. A large tourist destination for many, Singaporean citizens themselves can travel to 165 nations without a visa.
3. The Netherlands: Visa-free: 126, Visa on arrival: 39, Visa required: 33. One of the most happening places in Europe, the Dutch can travel visa-free to 165 nations.
3. The Netherlands: Visa-free: 126, Visa on arrival: 39, Visa required: 33. One of the most happening places in Europe, the Dutch can travel visa-free to 165 nations.
3. France: Visa-free: 126, Visa on arrival: 39, Visa required: 33. France, famous for its architecture, language and food, allow visa-free access to 165 destinations to its citizens.
3. France: Visa-free: 126, Visa on arrival: 39, Visa required: 33. France, famous for its architecture, language and food, allow visa-free access to 165 destinations to its citizens.
3. Spain: Visa-free: 125, Visa on arrival: 40, Visa required: 33. Spain, a culturally rich country gives its citizen access to 165 destinations around the world.
3. Spain: Visa-free: 125, Visa on arrival: 40, Visa required: 33. Spain, a culturally rich country gives its citizen access to 165 destinations around the world.
3. Norway: Visa-free: 123, Visa on arrival: 42, Visa required: 33. While people around the world flock to Norway to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, Norwegian themselves can travel to 165 destinations visa-free.
3. Norway: Visa-free: 123, Visa on arrival: 42, Visa required: 33. While people around the world flock to Norway to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, Norwegian themselves can travel to 165 destinations visa-free.
3. South Korea: Visa-free: 122, Visa on arrival: 43, Visa required: 33. A country known for its green, hilly countryside dotted with cherry trees and centuries-old Buddhist temples gives visa-free and visa on-arrival access to 165 nations to its citizens.
3. South Korea: Visa-free: 122, Visa on arrival: 43, Visa required: 33. A country known for its green, hilly countryside dotted with cherry trees and centuries-old Buddhist temples gives visa-free and visa on-arrival access to 165 nations to its citizens.
3. United States of America: Visa-free: 116, Visa on arrival: 49, Visa required: 33. The biggest economy in the world, USA offers visa-free access to 165 nations around the world to its people.
3. United States of America: Visa-free: 116, Visa on arrival: 49, Visa required: 33. The biggest economy in the world, USA offers visa-free access to 165 nations around the world to its people.
4. Belgium: Visa-free: 125, Visa on arrival: 39, Visa required: 34. Home to the European Union and NATO, Belgians can explore 164 nations without a visa
4. Belgium: Visa-free: 125, Visa on arrival: 39, Visa required: 34. Home to the European Union and NATO, Belgians can explore 164 nations without a visa
4. Austria: Visa-free: 125, Visa on arrival: 39, Visa required: 34. Austrians can travel to 164 destinations without a visa.
4. Austria: Visa-free: 125, Visa on arrival: 39, Visa required: 34. Austrians can travel to 164 destinations without a visa.
4. Greece: Visa-free: 124, Visa on arrival: 40, Visa required: 34. Often called the cradle of Western civilization, a party hub and a place to relax and unwind, Greeks get access to 164 nations visa free.
4. Greece: Visa-free: 124, Visa on arrival: 40, Visa required: 34. Often called the cradle of Western civilization, a party hub and a place to relax and unwind, Greeks get access to 164 nations visa free.
4. Portugal: Visa-free: 124, Visa on arrival: 40, Visa required: 34. Once a nation proud of its maritime empire, Portugese get to travel to 164 destinations visa-free.
4. Portugal: Visa-free: 124, Visa on arrival: 40, Visa required: 34. Once a nation proud of its maritime empire, Portugese get to travel to 164 destinations visa-free.
4. Switzerland: Visa-free: 123, Visa on arrival: 41, Visa required: 34. Home to the Alps, a tax-free haven, the Swiss can travel to 164 destinations.
4. Switzerland: Visa-free: 123, Visa on arrival: 41, Visa required: 34. Home to the Alps, a tax-free haven, the Swiss can travel to 164 destinations.
4. Japan: Visa-free: 122, Visa on arrival: 42, Visa required: 34.  The Land of the Rising Sun, Japan allows its citizens to travel in 164 countries without a visa.
4. Japan: Visa-free: 122, Visa on arrival: 42, Visa required: 34.  The Land of the Rising Sun, Japan allows its citizens to travel in 164 countries without a visa.
4. United Kingdom: Visa-free: 121, Visa on arrival: 43, Visa required: 34. Home to the British Royals, Britons can travel to 164 destinations without any hassle of a visa.
4. United Kingdom: Visa-free: 121, Visa on arrival: 43, Visa required: 34. Home to the British Royals, Britons can travel to 164 destinations without any hassle of a visa.
4. Ireland: Visa-free: 120, Visa on arrival: 44, Visa required: 34. Ireland, the second-biggest island of British Isles and the third-largest in Europe gives its citizens access to 164 destinations without a visa or a visa on-arrival.
4. Ireland: Visa-free: 120, Visa on arrival: 44, Visa required: 34. Ireland, the second-biggest island of British Isles and the third-largest in Europe gives its citizens access to 164 destinations without a visa or a visa on-arrival.
4. Canada: Visa-free: 115, Visa on arrival: 49, Visa required: 34. Home to the famous Niagra Falls, Canadians can travel to 164 nations without a visa.
4. Canada: Visa-free: 115, Visa on arrival: 49, Visa required: 34. Home to the famous Niagra Falls, Canadians can travel to 164 nations without a visa.
5. Czech Republic: Visa-free: 124, Visa on arrival: 39, Visa required: 35. A country famous for its Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings, the Czechs can travel visa-free or visa on-arrival access to 163 destinations.
5. Czech Republic: Visa-free: 124, Visa on arrival: 39, Visa required: 35. A country famous for its Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings, the Czechs can travel visa-free or visa on-arrival access to 163 destinations.
5. Hungary: Visa-free: 123, Visa on arrival: 40, Visa required: 35. Situated in Central Europe, Hungary allows its citizens to travel to 163 countries without a visa.
5. Hungary: Visa-free: 123, Visa on arrival: 40, Visa required: 35. Situated in Central Europe, Hungary allows its citizens to travel to 163 countries without a visa.
6. Malta: Visa-free: 124, Visa on arrival: 38, Visa required: 36. The island country in the Mediterranean Sea gives its citizens access to 162 destinations around the world.
6. Malta: Visa-free: 124, Visa on arrival: 38, Visa required: 36. The island country in the Mediterranean Sea gives its citizens access to 162 destinations around the world.
6. Iceland: Visa-free: 120, Visa on arrival: 42, Visa required: 36. The ice-clad mountains of Iceland have been attracting visitors from all over the world but Icelanders can easily head out in the other direction with visa-free or visa on-arrival to 162 destinations.
6. Iceland: Visa-free: 120, Visa on arrival: 42, Visa required: 36. The ice-clad mountains of Iceland have been attracting visitors from all over the world but Icelanders can easily head out in the other direction with visa-free or visa on-arrival to 162 destinations.
7. Slovenia: Visa-free: 122, Visa on arrival: 39, Visa required: 37. Slovenia, known for its mountains, ski resorts and Lake Bled, a glacial lake fed by hot springs, allows its citizens to travel hassle-free to 161 countries.
7. Slovenia: Visa-free: 122, Visa on arrival: 39, Visa required: 37. Slovenia, known for its mountains, ski resorts and Lake Bled, a glacial lake fed by hot springs, allows its citizens to travel hassle-free to 161 countries.
7. Poland: Visa-free: 121, Visa on arrival: 40, Visa required: 37. This Nazi invaded Central European country allows its citizens to travel to 161 countries visa-free.
7. Poland: Visa-free: 121, Visa on arrival: 40, Visa required: 37. This Nazi invaded Central European country allows its citizens to travel to 161 countries visa-free.
7. Lithuania: Visa-free: 121, Visa on arrival: 40, Visa required: 37. The southernmost of Europe’s Baltic states, a former Soviet bloc nation bordering Poland, Latvia and Belarus, Lithuania is known for its Gothic, Renaissance and baroque architecture, and allows its citizens to travel to 161 countries visa-free.
7. Lithuania: Visa-free: 121, Visa on arrival: 40, Visa required: 37. The southernmost of Europe’s Baltic states, a former Soviet bloc nation bordering Poland, Latvia and Belarus, Lithuania is known for its Gothic, Renaissance and baroque architecture, and allows its citizens to travel to 161 countries visa-free.
7. New Zealand: Visa-free: 113, Visa on arrival: 48, Visa required: 37. Since the release of
7. New Zealand: Visa-free: 113, Visa on arrival: 48, Visa required: 37. Since the release of "The Lord of the Rings" series, tourists have been flocking to this island country to get 'The Hobbit' experience. New Zealanders have visa-free or visa on-arrival access to 161 destinations.
7. Australia: Visa-free: 110, Visa on arrival: 51, Visa required: 37. Australia is one of the most culturally diverse country and Australians themselves can travel to 161 destinations visa-free or visa on-arrival.
7. Australia: Visa-free: 110, Visa on arrival: 51, Visa required: 37. Australia is one of the most culturally diverse country and Australians themselves can travel to 161 destinations visa-free or visa on-arrival.
7. Slovakia: Visa-free: 121, Visa on arrival: 40, Visa required: 37. Situated near the Austrian border and known for its dramatic natural landscape and many castles, Slovakians can travel to 161 destinations visa-free.
7. Slovakia: Visa-free: 121, Visa on arrival: 40, Visa required: 37. Situated near the Austrian border and known for its dramatic natural landscape and many castles, Slovakians can travel to 161 destinations visa-free.
7. Latvia: Visa-free: 121, Visa on arrival: 40, Visa required: 37. A country on the Baltic Sea between Lithuania and Estonia and marked by wide beaches as well as dense, sprawling forests, Latvians can travel to 161 destinations visa-free.
7. Latvia: Visa-free: 121, Visa on arrival: 40, Visa required: 37. A country on the Baltic Sea between Lithuania and Estonia and marked by wide beaches as well as dense, sprawling forests, Latvians can travel to 161 destinations visa-free.
8. Estonia: Visa-free: 121, Visa on arrival: 39, Visa required: 38. A country in Northern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Finland with more than 1,500 islands allows its citizens to travel to 160 destinations without a visa.
8. Estonia: Visa-free: 121, Visa on arrival: 39, Visa required: 38. A country in Northern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Finland with more than 1,500 islands allows its citizens to travel to 160 destinations without a visa.
9. Malaysia: Visa-free: 120, Visa on arrival: 39, Visa required: 39. A Southeast Asian country occupying parts of the Malay Peninsula and the island of Borneo, Malaysians can travel to 159 destinations without a visa.
9. Malaysia: Visa-free: 120, Visa on arrival: 39, Visa required: 39. A Southeast Asian country occupying parts of the Malay Peninsula and the island of Borneo, Malaysians can travel to 159 destinations without a visa.
10. Cyprus: Visa-free: 122, Visa on arrival: 36, Visa required: 40. An island country in the Eastern Mediterranean and the third largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean allows its citizens to travel to 158 destinations without a visa.
10. Cyprus: Visa-free: 122, Visa on arrival: 36, Visa required: 40. An island country in the Eastern Mediterranean and the third largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean allows its citizens to travel to 158 destinations without a visa.
10. Romania: Visa-free: 118, Visa on arrival: 40, Visa required: 40. Long associated with the Dracula legend, the southeastern European country allows its citizens to travel to 158 destinations visa-free.
10. Romania: Visa-free: 118, Visa on arrival: 40, Visa required: 40. Long associated with the Dracula legend, the southeastern European country allows its citizens to travel to 158 destinations visa-free.
10. Bulgaria: Visa-free: 116, Visa on arrival: 42, Visa required: 40. A Balkan nation with diverse terrain encompassing Black Sea coastline, a mountainous interior and rivers, including the Danube, Bulgarians can travel to 158 destinations.
10. Bulgaria: Visa-free: 116, Visa on arrival: 42, Visa required: 40. A Balkan nation with diverse terrain encompassing Black Sea coastline, a mountainous interior and rivers, including the Danube, Bulgarians can travel to 158 destinations.
67. India: Visa-free: 25, Visa on arrival: 26, Visa required: 134. The sub-continent attracts millions of tourists every single day but allows its citizens to travel to only 64 destinations without a visa or with a visa-on-arrival.
67. India: Visa-free: 25, Visa on arrival: 26, Visa required: 134. The sub-continent attracts millions of tourists every single day but allows its citizens to travel to only 64 destinations without a visa or with a visa-on-arrival.
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