Kuwait News, Jan 12: The Kuwaiti passport rose to the 54th place in the world among 199 of its peers in the ranking of the first quarter of 2022 for the Henley Index, which determines the strength of each country’s passport based on the number of countries its holder is allowed to enter without the need to obtain a visa.
Thus, the Kuwaiti passport jumped 7 places at once, after it was ranked 61 globally in the last quarter of 2021 in the same classification.
However, this rise on the ranking ladder did not come through the increase in the number of countries that a Kuwaiti passport holder can enter without a visa, as that number is still 95 countries.
With this, the Kuwaiti passport came third after its UAE counterpart (15 globally / 175 visa-free countries) and Qatar (53 globally / 97 countries). As for the ranks from the fourth to the sixth in the Gulf, they were, in order, respectively, for the Bahraini passport (62 globally), Oman (64 globally), and Saudi Arabia (65 globally).
As for the passports of the rest of the Arab countries included in the classification, they occupied varying positions in the following descending order: Tunisia, Morocco, Mauritania, Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Djibouti, Lebanon, Sudan. The passports of the following Arab countries are at the bottom of the ranking: Libya, the Palestinian territories, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, and Iraq.
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As for the passports that occupied the top five globally, they are: Japanese and Singaporean (shared first place), German and South Korean (shared second place), Finnish, Italian, Luxembourgish and Spanish (shared third place), Austrian, Danish, French, Dutch and Swedish (shared fourth place), Irish and Portuguese (They shared fifth place).