This country has the most powerful passport in the world

Passport holders can travel to the most countries visa-free

Teodora Georgieva Teodora Georgieva
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The UAE has become the country with the most powerful passport in the world.

According to the Global Passport Index, its passport holders can now access 167 countries around the world without the hassle of a visa.

They will still need a visa on arrival in 54 countries, and a further 31 countries will still require a visa pre-travel.

Singapore has been knocked off the top spot

after more countries were added to its list of visa-free destinations in December.

Singapore now shares joint second place with Germany.

Meanwhile, third place is shared by Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Luxembourg, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Norway, South Korea and USA.

As for the UK, it's in joint fourth place with Belgium, Austria, Japan, Greece, Portugal, Switzerland, Ireland and Canada.

It makes for quite a leap in the rankings too, when you consider that the

UAE was in 27th position back in December 2016.

The Passport Index is issued by the Arton Capital. Founder and President Armand Arton congratulated OAE on the achievement and commented: "We continuously compare the passports of 193 countries and 6 regions of the UN members and work to collect data directly, all through publicly available information, government sources and international bodies."