World's most improved passport in decade belongs to Arab country

Economy

Published: 2018-01-09 17:15

Last Updated: 2018-10-19 10:39


Syria and Iraq remained at the bottom of the index for a second year in a row (Foundation for Economic Education)
Syria and Iraq remained at the bottom of the index for a second year in a row (Foundation for Economic Education)
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The UAE passport has improved a lot in terms of growing influence around the world over the past 10 years.

In fact, it has been named as the most improved passport over a decade, Arabian Business reported.

The Emirati passport has climbed 28 places, which is considered the biggest ascent of any country, the new 2018 edition of the Henley Passport Index showed.

In 2017, the UAE passport offered visa-free travel to 12 new destinations, making the number rise to 133 countries that Emiratis can now travel to without having to get a visa for.

According to Henley, this success came after visa restrictions on Emirati citizens were lifted by many countries between 1999 and 2018, such as New Zealand, Chile, Ukraine, Argentina, China and the Schengen area that consist of 26 European countries.

In the GCC region, all member countries have improved their positions. Kuwait came in the 58th position, with access to 83 countries, Bahrain came in 63rd, with access to 75 countries, Oman came in the 65th with access to 71 countries and Saudi Arabia followed as it came in the 67th position with visa-free access to 69 countries, according to the index.

Globally, Germany remained the top for five years now, as its citizens have visa-free access to 177 countries.

Meanwhile, countries like Pakistan, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan sat at the bottom of the index for the second year in a row, with access to 30 or less.