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Travel, Tourism & Hospitality UAE passport world's strongest; ranked in top place

05 December 2018, 11:55 | Erica Roy

UAE passport becomes strongest, globally first

UAE passport ranked most powerful globally

Taiwan's passport has a global power rank of 28th based on the number of countries it can be used to visit without pre-visa requirements, according to rankings compiled by Canadian financial advisory firm Arton Capital.

In another similar ranking, Pakistan passport was also named third worst and placed at 104 spot in the Henley Passport Index 2018.

There are 27 countries in the world that offer visa on arrival to Pakistanis and 8 countries that Pakistanis can travel to without a visa.

After the UAE, Germany and Singapore, most of the third-ranking nations - each with visa-free travel to 165 countries - were in Europe, alongside South Korea and the United States.

Only 31 countries require visas for the UAE passport holder, it added.

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.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, welcomed the news, saying in a tweet that the world "opens its doors to the people of the UAE" and congratulating the foreign ministry headed by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation.

Eleven countries including the U.S. tied for third place with their citizens able to access 165 destinations without a visa. Belgium, Austria, Japan, Greece, Portugal, Switzerland, Ireland and Canada and United Kingdom 5.

At the other end of the table is Afghanistan, where citizens can travel visa-free to just 29 countries. In 129 countries they need to apply for a visa in advance.

United Kingdom residents have access to 119 countries without a visa, and 45 with visa on arrival.

Albania has gained positions in the global list of the most powerful passports in the world for 2018.

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