According to the Henley Passport Index as of October 2019, Emirati citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 172 countries and territories, ranking the Emirati passport 15th in the world in terms of travel freedom. However, according to The Passport Index, an online tool which uses a slightly different ranking system, the UAE passport ranks first in the world, with access to 178 countries.The Emirati passport is one of five passports with the greatest improvement in visa-free rating in the 2006–2016 time period.In terms of the number of countries its holders can visit visa-free, the Emirati passport is one of five passports with the most improved rating globally since 2006. In 2018, the Emirati passport became the largest individual climber in the Henley Passport Index over the past decade, increasing its global rank by 28 places.The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation plans to make the UAE passport one of the five strongest passports in the world by 2021.According to The Passport Index, this goal was achieved by December 2018, ranking the Emirati passport as the strongest passport in the world with a visa-free score of 170. However Henley Passport Index ranking the Emirati passport 15th in the world in terms of travel freedom based on a different criteria. The passport and IDs with new designs, include digital codes that are of highest international security standards. The codes that are encrypted in passports are considered to be the most important security feature for verification purposes when travelling.This makes the UAE the first Arab country to implement such a digital upgrade of passport code, thereby increasing the trust and security of UAE passports in the global map.Furthermore, the improved passport security feature is also beneficial for nationals when passing through airports and international ports across the world. Expiration: 5 years after acquisition for applicants aged 6 or over, 3 years for children under 6 years old
The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation plans to make the Emirati passport one of the five strongest passports in the world by 2021.
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