Taiwan passport 28th most powerful in Arton Capital rankings | Economics

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Taiwan's passport holders may visit up to 131 countries without having to obtain a visa, an increase of 10 from past year. Syrian passports, which are fourth to last, guarantees visa-free travel to only 9 countries.

The UAE passport was on 27th position in December 2016, and now has attained first place globally in December 2018.

The number 1 spot in the global Passport Index was achieved just as the UAE celebrates it 47th National Day and its achievements since 1971. Its holders visa-free visit 113 countries and 54 States will issue a visa after arrival.

The ranking is somewhat misleading, however, because ties in individual ranks not accounted for in the overall rankings (14 countries are ranked in the top three places, for example).

Welcoming the news, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai's leader, tweeted: 'Congratulations to the UAE and its people and big thanks to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation's teams'.

At the very bottom of the table, the least-powerful passports are Iraq and Afghanistan, granting visa-free access to only 32 and 29 countries respectively. The country moved from third to first place after four more countries granted visa-free access to citizens of the emirate.

Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Luxembourg, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Norway and South Korea made it into bronze position. While, UAE passport holder will need to apply for visa for only 31 countries.

In sixth place on 162 countries are Malta, Iceland and New Zealand while on 161 countries in seventh place are Australia (unmoved), Malaysia, Slovenia, Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia and Latvia. Both countries allow entry without prior visas to 166 countries, according to the index.

United Kingdom residents have access to 119 countries without a visa, and 45 with visa on arrival.

Pakistan ranks 92 on the world passport index.

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