8 countries Pakistanis can travel to without a visa

8 countries Pakistanis can travel to without a visa

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

The Passport Index collects, displays and ranks the passports of the world.

In his remarks on the occasion, Sheikh Abdullah said, "This achievement is a true reflection of the legacy of Sheikh Zayed, the Founding Father of the UAE".

Taiwan's passport can be used to visit 86 countries visa-free and 45 countries with a visa on arrival, and the total of 131 countries gave it a passport power rank of 28th in the world, the rankings showed. "It also underscores what can be achieved through positive diplomacy, reflecting the UAE as a confident and engaged force at the global stage".

The United Arab Emirates tops the rankings as its citizens can travel to 54 countries without a visa and 113 countries where they can obtain a visa on arrival.

Afghanistan has been placed on the last spot while Iraq has been ranked second last worst.

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The UAE passport was in 27th position on the index in December 2016 and had risen to 4th place at the end of October.

The strength of the passport does not only represent the identity of the citizen but also an important factor affecting its access to global opportunities, ease of movement and quality of life. Authors of the Passport Index divided all passports into 93 groups.

The Singaporean and German passports offer visa-free or visa-on-arrival travel to 166 countries worldwide.

It's been a steep rise to the top of the list as previous year the UAE didn't even feature in the top ten.

Eleven countries tied for third place with their citizens able to access 165 destinations without a visa.

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