Maldives passport ranks most powerful in South Asia

The most powerful passports in the world have been revealed with Maldives ranked top in South Asia.

The list was compiled by the Henley Passport Index, which analyses how many countries a passport holder can enter visa-free or on a visa-on-arrival basis.

Japan and Singapore have held onto their joint top spot, with each country offering visa-free access to 189 destinations.

Maldives passport enjoys on arrival visa for over 80 countries and has been ranked above India to take the 62 spot.

India shares the 86th position with Mauritiana and Sao Tome and Principe.

Afghanistan remains at the bottom of the global mobility spectrum, with its citizens able to access only 25 destinations worldwide without a prior visa.

The results are part of citizenship planning firm Henley and Partners’ annual passport index, which ranks passports based on the number of countries a holder can go to without a visa or the number of countries a holder can go to where they can obtain a visa, visitor’s permit, or electronic travel authority upon arrival.

The ranking is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which maintains the world’s largest and most accurate database of travel information.