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30 January 2020

Malaysia has world’s most powerful Muslim passport

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IMO News Service

Malaysia is proud claimant of the world’s most powerful Muslim passport. A new list published recently by The Henley Passport Index has declared Malaysia as possessing the 13th most powerful passport in the world thus making it to be the premier Muslim passport. 

The Henley Passport Index ranks all the world’s passports based on the number of destinations accessed by the respective country’s passport holders without a prior visa. The list is published every year.

A citizen holding a Malaysian passport is allowed to travel to 178 countries visa-free. Malaysia is a developed country having strong bilateral relations with many regional and international bodies. Malaysia’s strong global standing has made its passport prestigious. 
Among other highly ranked Muslim countries include UAE (18th) and Brunei (23rd). The UAE has attained a significant boost climbing a remarkable 47 places over the past 10 years. The Gulf nation has a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 171 now.

Middle East countries have managed to make strong gains on The Henley Passport Index list due to extensive efforts to boost tourism and trade. The UAE and Saudi Arabia both climbed four places each, while Oman climbed three. Saudi Arabia is now placed 66th, with its citizens able to visit 77 destinations worldwide without a prior visa, while Oman is in 64th place, with a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 79.

However, most Muslim passports appeared at the bottom of the list with Afghanistan ranked last in 107th place. It has only 26 visa free destinations. Other Muslim countries that ranked 100th or lower were Sudan, Palestine, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan, Syria and Iraq.

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