Henley Passport Index (HPI) 2019
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Henley Passport Index (HPI) 2019

The Republic of India Jumped to the 80th (the year 2019) position from its earlier ranking of 81st (the year 2018).

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Henley Passport Index - Background Context

  • The Hanley Passport Index (HPI) - 2019 is based on the underlying information contributed or provided by the International Air Transport Authority (IATA) and covers 227 travel destinations and 199 different passports.
  • HPI is the global mechanism that helps in ranking nations all around the world for the travel independence of their citizens. HPI was instituted in the year 2006, its earlier name was Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index (HVRI) later in the year 2018, it was decided to adopt the shorter version and hence HVRI got renamed Henley Passport Index (HPI).

Henley Ranking Definition

  • The HPI contributes to the ranking of the passport based on how many travel destinations a passport holder can reach without needing any Visa, more commonly known as Visa-Free. During this, all the travel destinations countries, and territories available in the IATA database are considered.
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Henley Rankings Process of various countries

  • The Republic of India Jumped to the 80th (the year 2019) position from its earlier ranking of 81st (the year 2018).
  • The Islamic State of Pakistan made a progress too, advanced to two positions, and secured the ranking 102nd (the year 2019) from its earlier ranking of 104th (the year 2018).
  • Japan retains the position of the world's most travel-friendly passport, enabling its citizens access to 190 nations globally.
  • South Korea is to jump way ahead and stand with Singapore, enabling access to 189 countries.
  • The People’s Republic of China made rapid and aggressive progress, it jumped 20 positions within two years, from 85th in the year 2017 to 69th this year. This is very impressive progress on HPI.
  • Shockingly UK is dropping down the ranking list along with the US.