UAE passport among world’s most powerful

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The United Arab Emirates’ passport has risen to new heights to become the 10th most poweful in the world.

This developed as UAE’s visa-free score in the Arton Capital Passport Index rose to 155 following a bilateral visa waiver agreement with Russia last week. UAE shares the 10th spot with Cyprus.

But while the agreement boosted UAE passport’s visa-free ratings, Russia remained at 37th rank with a visa-free score of 115.

Singapore is on top of the list, with a visa-free score of 166, while Germany is in the second spot, scoring 164. As many as 12 countries share the third place, including US, South Korea, Italy and France.

In 2017, the UAE announced its vision to position the country’s passport on the list of the five most powerful passports in the world by 2021. At that time UAE’s passport had a visa-free score of 132.

The Passport Index methodology is based on a comparison of the passports of 193 United Nations member countries and 6 territories (ROC Taiwan, Macao (SAR China), Hong Kong (SAR China), Kosovo, Palestinian Territory and the Vatican) for a total of 199.

Territories annexed to other countries such as Norfolk Island (Australia), French Polynesia (France), British Virgin Islands (Britain), etc. who do not issue their own passports are excluded and not considered as destinations.

To determine the individual rank of each passport, a three-tier method is applied: the Visa-Free Score (VFS), which includes visa-free (FV) and visa on arrival (VOA); the VF portion of a country’s passport; and the United Nations Development Programme Human Development Index 2015 as tie breaker.

The Passport Index noted that UNDP HDI is a significant measure on the country’s perception abroad.

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