The front cover of a contemporary Emirati biometric passport
(Regular and Temporary)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
(Diplomatic, Special, and Service)
|First issued||1971 (first version)|
December 11, 2011 (biometric)
|Expiration||5 years after acquisition for applicants aged 6 or over, 3 years for children under 6 years old|
The Emirati passport (Arabic : جواز السفر الإماراتي) is issued to citizens of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for international travel.
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 has been achieved as of December 2018, ranking the Emirati passport as the strongest passport in the world with a visa-free score of 170.
Prior to the formation of the United Arab Emirates in 1971, the constituting states were responsible for issuing their own passports or travel documents.These documents were printed in both Arabic and English and often made a reference to each specific emirate and its respective ruling sheikh.
The UAE Ministry of Interior began to issue biometric passports on 11 December 2011, making it the second GCC state (after Qatar) to launch biometric passports.
The first and last pages are made of hard paper thicker than that of the old passport—a measure that allows it to remain in good shape until the passport expires. The first page contains a watercolour outline of the outer frame of Sheikh Zayed Mosque and the last page contains a drawing of the actual mosque with domes and columns. The passport identity page has all the particulars printed and laminated. The new passports contain data to resolve name duplication, which is one of the biggest issues that existed with old passports.
Like other passports of other states whose official language is written from right-to-left, the Emirati passport is similarly opened from the left-hand side.
On the front cover, a representation of the Coat of arms of the United Arab Emirates is at the center. "PASSPORT" in (English all capital letters) and Arabic : "جواز سفر" in Arabic calligraphy appears below the representation of the coat of arms, and "United Arab Emirates" (in English) and Arabic : "الامارات العربية المتحدة" (in Arabic calligraphy) appears above. The coat of arms was changed in the 2000s and newer passports incorporated the new changes.
A Special passport has "SPECIAL PASSPORT" (in English all capital letters) and Arabic : "جواز سفر خاص" in Arabic calligraphy below the coat of arms.
A Diplomatic passport has "DIPLOMATIC PASSPORT" (in English all capital letters) and Arabic : "جواز سفر دبلوماسي" in Arabic calligraphy below the coat of arms.
A biometric passport has the biometric passport e-passport symbol
The second page of an Emirati passport is security laminated and includes the following data:
The page ends with a 2-line machine readable zone, according to ICAO standard 9303. The country code is ARE as is the standard country code for United Arab Emirates (according to ISO 3166-1 alpha-3).
The data/information page is printed bilingually in both Arabic and English in all fields except for a white label in the next-to-last page in the passport which contains the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Interior emblem and documents the citizen's military specific claim number and uniform number.
The fee for issuing an Emirati passport is AED 50 (US$13.60).
There are multiple colour coded types of Emirati passport issued according to Title 2 of the United Arab Emirates Federal Law No. 17 of 1972 Concerning Nationality and Passports:
Visa requirements for Emirati citizens are administrative entry restrictions by the authorities of other states placed on citizens of the UAE. According to the Henley Passport Index as of October 2019 [update] , 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.
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Emirati nationality law governs citizenship eligibility in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The law is governed by Federal Law No.17 of 1972 concerning nationality and passports. It is primarily jus sanguinis. Foreigners may be naturalized and granted citizenship, but the process is limited due to the declining Emirati population and fears of national identity loss. Gulf Cooperation Council citizens are allowed to live in the UAE without restriction and have the right of freedom of movement.