Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

UAE passport becomes strongest, globally first

UAE passport becomes strongest, globally first

The Index is a global benchmark for classifying worldwide passports and reflects the world's view on the power and impact of passport.

Behind these rankings is the Canada-based global consultancy company Arton Capital.

New Zealand enjoys visa free-travel to 112 countries, with automatic entry visas granted by 50 further countries on arrival.

UAE passport ranked most powerful globally
UAE Passport Becomes Strongest Passport in World

In a new historic achievement, the UAE passport has become the strongest passport and now ranked first globally.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, welcomed the news, saying in a tweet that the world "opens its doors to the people of the UAE" and congratulating the foreign ministry headed by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation. Pakistan's western neighbor Iran has achieved 42nd spot on the list with its citizens able to travel visa-free to 12 countries.

Denmark was 4th, followed by Sweden, Finland, Luxembourg, France, Italy with the Netherlands rounding up the Top 10.

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While the United Kingdom tied for fourth place with Belgium, Austria, Japan, Greece, Portugal, Switzerland, Ireland and Canada on holders being able to travel to 164 countries. While, UAE passport holder will need to apply for visa for only 31 countries. Both countries allow entry without prior visas to 166 countries, according to the index.

Citizens of Uzbekistan can visit 26 countries without a visa and receive a visa upon arrival in 37 countries.

The UAE passport holder can travel to 167 countries without the need for pre-visa requirements, which is 84 per cent of the number of countries listed in the index.

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Data is taken from publicly available sources and official information provided by government agencies.

In the world passport index, Pakistan ranks at the 92nd spot.

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