The Sultanate of Oman has been ranked 65th by the 2023 Henley Passport Index, an agency responsible for ranking the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa.
With an Omani passport, citizens can travel to 82 countries visa-free compared to 178 countries with a UAE passport (rank 15), 100 countries with a Qatar passport (rank 55), 82 countries with a Saudi Arabian passport (rank 65), 87 countries with Bahrain passport (rank 67) and 97 countries with Kuwait passport (rank 57). The Index compares the visa-free access of 199 different passports to 227 travel destinations.
If no visa is required, then a score with a value of 1 is created for that passport. The same applies if you can obtain a visa on arrival, a visitor’s permit, or an electronic travel authority (ETA) when entering the destination.
Where a visa is required, or where a passport holder must obtain a government-approved electronic visa (e-visa) before departure, a score with a value of 0 is assigned. This also applies if you need pre-departure government approval for a visa on arrival.
Japan is number one on the list, which is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) – the largest database – and enhanced by Henley & Partners’ research team.
Japanese citizens are now able to visit 193 destinations out of 227 around the world visa-free, while South Koreans and Singaporeans, whose countries are tied in second place on the index, enjoy a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 192. Germany and Spain are joint third, with visa-free access to 190 destinations worldwide.
Finland, Italy and Luxembourg are fourth with 189 destinations, followed by Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden in fifth with 188 destinations.