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Revealed: the new most powerful passport

And whose citizens have it the toughest?

Move over Japan, Singapore and Germany, a new passport rules the roost - and it doesn’t belong to a North American, western European or eastern Asian powerhouse nation. 



According to the 2018 Global Passport Power Ranking by Arton Capital, the United Arab Emirates passport now opens more doors than any other, with the UAE document allowing its holders to enter 113 countries sans visa, 54 countries via visa on arrival, and 31 countries with a visa (for a total visa free score - VFS - of 167). 


And the honour means a lot to the emirate nation, with the achievement splashed all over the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, after the announcement. 


Following the UAE on the power list were Singapore and Germany, which both finished with VFS ratings of 166. 


With scores of 165, nine western European nations (largely from Scandinavia), the United States and South Korea owned the next most powerful passports. 


Japan, which in another index earlier this year was named the most powerful passport, finished alongside a host of other European countries and Canada with a score of 164. 


Australia’s passport placed in equal 29th place (161) together with several Eastern European countries and Malaysia, but below New Zealand (162). 


At the other end of the scale, Afghanistan’s (29) passport was deemed the least powerful, followed by that of Iraq (32), Pakistan (35) and Syria (36).


Check out the full index here.



Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 4 December 2018

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