The Pport Index, the global benchmark for pport strength and travel freedom, has ranked India at 137th in its latest ranking. The index, which evaluates the strength of a pport based on the number of countries a citizen can visit without a visa, revealed that Indian pport holders face visa requirements for entry into 123 countries. The Pport Index also reveals India’s Pport Power Rank, which stands at 68. Although this number marks a moderate position compared to other countries, it reflects the current state of India’s international mobility amid three South Asian countries deciding visa-free travel for Indian citizens for a certain period.
According to the index, with a mobility score of 75, the Indian pport allows visa-free travel to 23 countries and visa-on-arrival access to 49 countries. However, three more countries have allowed visa-free entry to Indian citizens to promote tourism, taking the number to 26. Indian pport holders can now travel to Angola, Barbados, Bhutan, Dominica, El Salvador, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Macau, Mauritius, Micronesia, Nepal, Palestinian Territories, St. Kitts and Nevis, Senegal, St. People can enter Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Vanuatu, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Malaysia visa-free.
Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim on Monday announced 30-day visa-free entry for Indian and Chinese nationals from December 1, following such a facility provided to foreigners in recent weeks to boost tourism in Thailand and Sri Lanka Is. Currently 30-day visa-free entry is also enjoyed by eight ASEAN countries for the purpose of social visits, tourism and business. India continues to be one of the top countries contributing to tourist arrivals in Malaysia. Sri Lanka has launched visa-free entry initiative for visitors from India and six other countries including China, Russia, Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia and Thailand.