Maldives’ passport has been recognized as the most powerful in the South Asian region, according to the latest Henley Passport Rankings. This ranking, which assesses the strength of passports based on the number of countries that can be entered without a visa, has placed Maldives in a commendable position both regionally and globally.
Maldives now stands at the 58th position worldwide, a testament to the increasing ease of travel its citizens enjoy. This is a notable achievement for the country, reflecting not only on its diplomatic relations but also on the growing confidence in its international standing. The ranking is more than a numerical value; it symbolizes the freedom and global mobility afforded to Maldivian passport holders.
The competition within the South Asian region is quite intense, with India trailing behind Maldives. Currently, India is ranked 80th on the list of the world’s most powerful passports. Indian passport holders are able to travel to 62 countries without requiring a visa, whereas Maldivian passports allow visa-free entry to 94 countries. Another noteworthy contender in the South Asian passport power dynamics is Bhutan. Ranked 87th globally, Bhutanese passports enable visa-free access to 55 countries.
The global context of the Henley Passport Rankings provides a broader perspective on the mobility afforded by different passports. At the pinnacle of the index, six countries share the top spot. France, Germany, Italy, Singapore, Japan, and Spain all boast passports that allow access to 194 countries without the need for a visa. This remarkable level of access highlights the strength of these passports and the global connectivity they provide to their citizens.
The significance of such rankings extends beyond mere travel convenience. They reflect the diplomatic relations and agreements countries have fostered over time. For Maldives, climbing to the top of the South Asian rankings and securing the 58th position globally is a clear indication of its growing international presence. It represents the country’s commitment to enhancing its global standing and improving the travel capabilities of its citizens.