The number of countries that allow citizens to enter it, whether without a visa or with an electronic visa via the Internet or on arrival, has increased to 175 out of 198 countries accredited to the United Nations, and a rate of more than 88% of the countries of the world, according to the latest update of the "Passport Index" website. Affiliate of Arton Capital, a global financial advisory company.
Japan recently announced that the country's citizens are exempted from visa requirements for holders of ordinary passports, so that the UAE passport maintains its position as the strongest in the world and the first on its own.
The global index specialized in measuring the strength of passports for countries of the world, "Passport Index", stated that the UAE passport enables its holder to enter 175 countries around the world, including 119 countries without a prior visa, and 56 countries whose visas can be obtained on arrival, while the number of countries has shrunk. that require a prior visa to only 23 countries.
He pointed out that the second place in the list according to the latest update has become occupied by the passports of 11 countries, with entry to 172 countries around the world without a visa, namely: Germany, Sweden, Finland, Luxembourg, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria and the United States of America.
The passports of nine other countries occupy the third place, which grants the holder entry to 171 countries without a visa, which are: Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Portugal, Poland, Japan, Ireland, South Korea and New Zealand.
Freedom of movement is added to many countries of the world to the list of priorities provided by the UAE to its citizens, and the positive returns of ease of movement are not limited to enabling UAE citizens to move freely for the purpose of tourism, but also include economic, developmental and even humanitarian returns by facilitating trade exchange and economic investment for individuals and institutions .
The Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security has begun issuing the new generation of the Emirati passport, with exceptional technical features that keep pace with the aspirations of the UAE government, and enhance the process of development and modernization, as well as embodying the civilized position that the United Arab Emirates has reached within the various government services provided, and in response to the latest Security and technological requirements in proving personal identity, as the new generation of the UAE passport is unique with unprecedented technical characteristics, and extremely complex security specifications to limit attempts at counterfeiting.
It is worth noting that at the beginning of the year 2020 and before the spread of the Corona pandemic, the UAE passport retained the first place in the world in terms of strength according to the international classification on the “Passport Index” website, since its rise to first place in December 2018.
The passport allowed its holder to enter 178 countries, including 118 countries without a prior visa, and 60 countries with an electronic visa or upon arrival at the airport.
The pandemic disrupted travel globally, which led to a total decrease in the strength of passports globally, and despite these challenges, the UAE passport remained strong, as it was ranked first in the world.
The classification depends on the number of travel destinations that citizens of a particular country can travel to without obtaining a visa in advance, or obtaining a visa upon arrival at the intended destination.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation recently launched the UAE Passport Force initiative, with the aim of placing the passport on the list of the five most powerful passports in the world by 2021, based on the directives of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
In 2015, the Emirati passport received a strong boost according to the index, after the decision was issued to exempt citizens from the "Schengen" visa for the European Union countries, which included 26 countries, in addition to eight other countries in Europe outside the European Union. 56 countries can obtain their visa on arrival for UAE passport holders.