The UAE passport becomes the world’s most powerful

Passport Power Initiative showcases stunning results way ahead of schedule

Montreal, December 03, 2018 – The United Arab Emirates celebrated another monumental milestone in its history as its passport took the lead with a record-breaking score in the Global Passport Power Ranking.

According to The Passport Index, the interactive real-time ranking platform, the UAE passport now holds a visa-free score of 167, giving Emirati citizens access to over 84% of the world.

“This achievement is a true reflection of the legacy of Sheikh Zayed, the Founding Father of the UAE. It also underscores what can be achieved through positive diplomacy, reflecting the UAE as a confident and engaged force at the global stage,” said H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

The Passport Index created by the Arton Capital, ranks passports based on the number of countries the holder can visit without first obtaining a visa or applying for one on entry.

Armand Arton, Founder and President of Arton Capital, said that The Passport Index is the most prominent rating of a passport’s power through an interactive platform that continuously monitors changes and developments, adding that it has become the world’s premier reference for governments.

“We continuously compare the passports of 193 countries and 6 regions of the UN members and work to collect data directly through publicly available information, government sources and international bodies,” said Arton.

As UAE citizens celebrate their passport’s glory, the country is also setting an example to other nations, both in the Arab World and beyond, that positive diplomacy can yield substantial results.

United Arab Emirates passport holders can visit 167 countries visa-free1 or 84% of the world.

AFRICA | AMERICAS | ASIA | EUROPE | OCEANIA
A
Albania
Andorra
Angola
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
B
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burundi
C
Cambodia
Canada
Cape Verde
Chad
Chile
China
Colombia
Comoros
Congo
Congo (Dem. Rep.)
Costa Rica
Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Czech Republic
D
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
E
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Estonia
Eswatini
Ethiopia
F
Fiji
Finland
France
G
Gabon
Gambia
Georgia
Germany
Greece
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
H
Haiti
Honduras
Hong Kong
Hungary
I
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran
Ireland
Italy
J
Japan
Jordan
K
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kosovo
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
L
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
M
Macao
Macedonia
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Micronesia
Moldova
Monaco
Montenegro
Morocco
Mozambique
N
Nauru
Nepal
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Norway
O
Oman
P
Palau
Palestinian Territories
Panama
Paraguay
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Q
Qatar
R
Romania
Rwanda
S
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Samoa
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Korea
Spain
Sri Lanka
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Sudan
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria
T
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tonga
Tunisia
Turkey
Tuvalu
U
Uganda
Ukraine
United Kingdom
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
V
Vanuatu
Vatican City
Viet Nam
Y
Yemen
Z
Zambia
Zimbabwe
1Visa-free includes visa-free, visa on arrival, eTA and eVisa (if issued in less than 3 working days).

Passport Index celebrations in Dubai.
Passport Index celebrations in Dubai.
Passport Index celebrations in Dubai.

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