UAE Passport Becomes Strongest Passport in World

World       by Dawood Rehman | Published

World by Dawood Rehman | Published

UAE passport holders can now travel to 167 countries either without a visa at all, or can have one issued on arrival.

Placed at 91st place in the Global Passport Power Rank 2018, Pakistani passport has been once again ranked as the third worst performing passports in the world.

It was only last month that the UAE passport had claimed the third spot in the rankings.

DUBAI: In a new historic achievement, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) passport has become the strongest passport and now ranked first globally.

In November, in its blog titled "UAE to Become The World's Most Powerful Passport?", the Passport Index had said: "The United Arab Emirates' positive diplomacy, focus, and determination helped boost its passport power". There are 39 countries where holders of a Singapore passport require a visa on arrival.

In May, London-based advisory firm Henley & Partners released its passport rankings for 2018, in which Taiwan's passport was ranked 26th among 200 countries and territories, up five notches from the previous year.

Kuwait ranked 97; Qatar, 103; Bahrain, 105; Oman, 107; Saudi Arabia, 112; and Jordan, 165.

Iraq's passport will get you into 32 countries visa-free, Pakistan 35, Syria 36 and Somalia, with visa-free travel to 38 countries.

"We continuously compare the passports of 193 countries and 6 regions of the United Nations members and work to collect data directly through publicly available information, government sources and global bodies", said Arton.

It is reported that the owners of biometric passports visa-free visit 89 countries.

He added, that the Emirati passport has witnessed unprecedented progress globally in the past few years, reflecting the worldwide stature of the country.

The positive impact of ease of travel not only makes it possible for UAE nationals to travel freely for tourism, but also has economic, developmental and even humanitarian benefits, by facilitating trade and economic investment for individuals and institutions.

Eleven countries including the USA tied for third place with their citizens able to access 165 destinations without a visa.

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