With travel back on everyone’s mind, visiting visa-free destinations has become of utmost importance.

Per Henley’s 2023 Passport Index, UAE passport holders can access 178 out of 228 countries either without a visa or visa on arrival.

As a mirror of the country’s day-by-day advancements and awe-inspiring progress, the visa-free travel option with this passport promotes freedom of movement to many countries around the world without any added hassle. The index overall compares the visa-free access of 199 different passports to 227 travel destinations.

According to the latest data released, it shows that the country has made remarkable progress since 2006 when it then ranked 62nd on the index. With its commendable leap, the UAE continues to remain the strongest in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)

At the bottom of the ranking is Afghanistan with 27 visa-free destinations, followed by Iraq with 29 destinations and Syria with a score of 30. The other countries on the list are Pakistan at 32 destinations, Yemen at 34, Somalia at 35, Nepal at 38 destinations and North Korea at 40 destinations.

The most powerful passports in the world

1. Japan
2. Singapore and South Korea
3. Germany and Spain
4. Finland, Italy and Luxembourg
5. Austria, Denmark, Netherlands and Sweden
6. France, Ireland, Portugal and the UK
7. Belgium, Czech Republic, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland and the US
8. Australia, Canada, Malta and Greece
9. Hungary and Poland
10. Lithuania and Slovakia
11. Latvia and Slovenia
12. Estonia
13. Iceland
14. Malaysia
15. Liechtenstein and the UAE

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