India falls 6 spots to rank 144 in Passport Index 2023

New Delhi, April 01, 2023 (PPI-OT): Indian passport slipped six ranks on the Passport Index 2023 released by financial advisory services firm Arton Capital. The Canada-based Arton Capital in its report said as compared to the 138th rank out of 199 countries in 2022, India ranked 144 with a mobility score of 70 in 2023. This is the largest global fall in the index this year. The ranking was topped by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with a mobility score of 181. It was followed by Sweden, Germany, Finland, Luxembourg, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Austria, with a joint mobility score of 174.

The sharp fall in India’s ranking has been attributed to the change in European Union’s policy. Several nations, like Serbia, have been under pressure to introduce visa requirements for Indian nationals. South Korea had the highest score of 174 in South Asia and ranked 12th on the list. Japan, with a score of 172, ranked 26th. It is to mention here that the Passport Index is an interactive passport ranking tool backed by Arton Capital, on the basis of access of a country’s passport to other nations. This is a real-time tool, and the rankings keep changing as the countries change their mobility scores.

According to the Arton Capital official website, Mobility Score is the total number of countries that can be easily accessed with a given passport. It is calculated by adding the total countries which allow Visa-free travel, Visa-on-arrival, eTA, and eVisa issued within three days to a passport.

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