Pakistani Passport declared as 4th lowest while UAE Passport ranked the most powerful in the world. Pakistan has been ranked 94th, sharing the slot with Somalia, in terms of passport strength while the UAE has topped the list of the world’s most powerful ones.
According to the list issued by Arton Capital, a Pakistani passport only mandates travel to 44 countries without a visa. Below Pakistan are Iraq (ranked 95th), Syria (ranked 96th) and Afghanistan (ranked 97th).
In comparison, the passports of Yemen (93rd), and Bangladesh (92nd) have been declared more powerful than that of Pakistan. The United Arab Emirates, home to oil-rich Abu Dhabi and glitzy Dubai, has a new record to add to its list by becoming the world’s most powerful travel document.
According to a Passport Index published by Arton Capital that features a top-ten dominated by European countries.
UAE passport-holder travelers can enter 180 countries hassle-free seven more than European countries such as Germany and Sweden, and nine more than Japan, whose travel document was ranked as the world’s best earlier this year in a list published by Henley & Partners.
The Asian country ranks 24 on Arton’s index with easy access to 171 countries. Throughout the pandemic, the UAE largely stayed away from the full-scale lockdowns seen around the world, instead relying on strict mask mandates and inoculations. The government’s nimble handling of the pandemic drew in visitors from around the world looking to escape curbs in their home countries.
Qatar ranked 46 and Kuwait is at 48. Saudi Arabia, the Middle East region’s biggest economy, is at 93 spots.
Earlier this year, the Henley Passport Index had ranked UAE at the 15th position globally in the index for the third quarter of the year, with visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 170 international destinations.