World's most powerful passports where people can travel visa

UAE passport ranked most powerful globally

UAE passport becomes strongest, globally first

The Singapore passport has fallen to second in the 2018 Passport Index, behind the United Arab Emirates' travel document which is now the most powerful passport in the world. India ranks 67, with visa-free access to 23 countries, and visa-on-arrival in 41 countries.

The UAE passport was on 27th position in December 2016, and now has attained first place globally in December 2018. The Index is a global benchmark for classifying worldwide passports and reflects the world's view on the power and impact of passport.

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It was only last month that the UAE passport had claimed the third spot in the rankings.

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This success was achieved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation under the leadership of Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Singaporean and German passports both allow entry without prior visas to 166 countries, according to the online index, while a host of western European nations, the US and South Korea come next with access to 165. Pakistan's western neighbor Iran has achieved 42nd spot on the list with its citizens able to travel visa-free to 12 countries. Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Luxembourg, France, Italy, the Nethreladns, Spain, Norway, South Korea and the United States come next with access to 165.

The UK ties for fourth place with Belgium, Austria, Japan, Greece, Portugal, Switzerland, Ireland and Canada on 164 countries. The UAE citizens can travel to 54 nations without a visa. In 129 countries they need to apply for a visa in advance.

At the other end of the table, the least powerful passport is that issued by Afghanistan, which offers visa-free access to just 29 countries.

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