United Arab Emirates now has world's most powerful passport


In 2017, Uzbekistan's passport was at 72-nd place. Basically, a passport index ranks the world passports.

Someone with a UAE passport can now travel to 167 countries without a visa or by having a visa issued on arrival.

This beat last year's number one passport, Singapore. "The achievement coincides with "Year of Zayed" & UAE's 47th National Day, adding to UAE's numerous accomplishments in various domains", the Dubai Media Office tweeted.

Singaporean and German passports both allow entry without prior visas to 166 countries, according to the online index, while a host of western European nations, the US and South Korea come next with access to 165.

Eleven countries including the United States tied for third place with their citizens able to access 165 destinations without a visa. As well as the U.S, they are Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Luxembourg, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Norway and South Korea. Belgium, Austria, Japan, Greece, Portugal, Switzerland, Ireland and Canada and United Kingdom 5. Emiratis, however, still need visas to enter 31 countries on the globe.

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The black travel documents of New Zealand travellers come in at a respectable sixth place. Similarly, Pakistanis can travel to 8 countries without a visa that are Qatar, Tobago, Trinidad, Dominica, St Vincent, Micronesia, Vanuatu and the Grenadines. Iraq retained its ranking as second worst at 32, though it improved by eight countries from the previous report, while Pakistan remained third worst with 35, despite seeing an increase of 10 countries for its passport.

Its Passport Index bases power rankings on the cross-border access granted by each passport.

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

The ministry launched the UAE Passport Force initiative to place the Emirati passport on the list of the five most powerful passports in the world by 2021, but achieved this goal three years early.

On the other hand, if we refer to the list in question, Singapore and Germany rank second in the list.