UAE: World’s Most Powerful Passport Holder

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) now holds the world’s most powerful passport.

The UAE recently overtook Singapore and Germany which had the most powerful passport prior to this. This has allowed UAE passport holders to gain entry in 167 countries without a prior visa – 113 visa-free countries, 54 on arrival with 31 requiring a visa, according to Passport Index.

The Peninsula jumped to first position on 1 December 2018 after the addition of 4 more countries to its list of Visa-Free destinations. Previously, it was ranked as third powerful passport holder region.

Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, congratulated on Twitter by saying, “Congratulations to the UAE and its people and big thanks to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation’s teams.”

Before UAE, Singapore and Germany enjoyed the position of being the powerful passport holders with entry to 127 countries prior visas, 39 on arrival and 32 requiring visas. After which the US, South Korea and a number of western European nations hold the ranks with overall access to 165 countries.

The UK currently is at rank 21 with 119 visa-free entries and 45 visa on arrival. Meanwhile, Afghanistan sits at the bottom of the global rank with Visa-Free access to just 5 countries, 29 on arrival and 169 requiring a Visa.

Current 10 most powerful passports in the world:

  • United Arab Emirates
  • Singapore
  • Germany
  • Denmark
  • Sweden
  • Finland
  • Luxembourg
  • France
  • Italy
  • Netherlands

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