UAE passport ranked world's most powerful

Cheryl Sanders
December 5, 2018

Global advisory firm Arton Capital's Passport Index ranks countries' passports according to the cross-border access they bring, assigning a "visa-free score" based on the number of countries a passport holder can visit without a visa, or with a visa on arrival. What this means is that Pakistanis can travel visa-free to only a handful of countries - 8 to be exact.

Though the Arton index showed Taiwan passport holders can travel to 131 countries without the need for pre-visa requirements, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Taiwan nationals now have visa-free or visa-on-arrival treatment in 170 nations and territories.

Passport Index, which ranked the documents, said the Middle Eastern state moved into the top spot after four more countries were added to its list of visa-free destinations from December 1. Singapore, Germany 3. Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Luxembourg, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Norway, South Korea and U.S. 4.

The ranking is somewhat misleading, however, because ties in individual ranks not accounted for in the overall rankings (14 countries are ranked in the top three places, for example).

The UK ties for fourth place with Belgium, Austria, Japan, Greece, Portugal, Switzerland, Ireland and Canada on 164 countries. Both countries allow entry without prior visas to 166 countries, according to the index. There are eight countries for which Pakistanis do not need a visa for and 27 that offer a visa on arrival.

In February, Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index declared that the Singaporean and Japanese passports are the most powerful. Iraq and Afghanistan are the two countries which rank lower than Pakistan.

Singapore comes in second place, followed by Germany.

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