Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Belarus 54th in Global Passport Power Rank 2018

Belarus 54th in Global Passport Power Rank 2018

UAE passport holders are now able to gain entry to 167 countries without obtaining a prior visa, 113 countries visa-free, and another 54 using on arrival. What this means is that Pakistanis can travel visa-free to only a handful of countries - 8 to be exact.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation 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, however, the country has achieved this goal three years before the dateline.

Afghanistan has been placed on the last spot while Iraq has been ranked second last worst.

The Singapore passport has fallen to second in the 2018 Passport Index, behind the United Arab Emirates' travel document which is now the most powerful passport in the world. Taiwan's passport holders may visit up to 131 countries without having to obtain a visa, an increase of 10 from previous year.

Taiwanese hold the world's 28 most powerful passport, an increase of two spots from its previous ranking on Arton Capital's Passport Index report a year ago. Authors of the Passport Index divided all passports into 93 groups. Singapore, Germany 3. Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Luxembourg, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Norway, South Korea and US 4.

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

This information is obtained from the Passport Index.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's neighbor India has been ranked 66 and its passport holders can travel to 25 countries visa-free.

The positive impacts for ease of travelling are not only making it possible for UAE nationals to travel freely for tourism, but also have economic, developmental and even humanitarian benefits by facilitating trade and economic investment for individuals and institutions. Pakistan's western neighbor Iran has achieved 42nd spot on the list with its citizens able to travel visa-free to 12 countries.

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