Nigeria’s Passport, Africa’s 42nd most powerful

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The Nigerian passport has been ranked 91st strongest in a world ranking of passports which was dominated by Asian countries. According to the ranking named the Henley Passport Index, holders of Nigerian passports have visa-free access to 47 destinations.

The report ranked Nigeria’s passport low as the 42nd most powerful in Africa, ahead of Burundi, Djibouti, DRC, Ethiopia, Libya and South Sudan, Sudan, Eritrea and Somalia.

“As the world economy has become increasingly globalised, the need for greater visa-free access has grown steadily,” said the report.

Henley & Partners published its 2019 passport index and, once again, the world’s top is dominated by Japan while there is no African country in the world’s top 10.

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In Africa, the top 5 is dominated by Seychelles (27th  global rank), Mauritius (51st global rank), South Africa (53rd global rank), Botswana (82nd global rank) and Namibia (68th global rank). The bottom 5 is made of Ethiopia (96th global rank), Libya and South Sudan (97th global ranks), Sudan (99th global rank), Eritrea (100th global rank) and Somalia (103rd global rank).

Let’s note that Equatorial Guinea progressed the most with three places gained in this ranking.

Countries linked to terror networks like Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq were bottom of the pile, with their citizens requiring visas to access the majority of countries.

Henley Passport Index is an index of all the passports ranked according to the countries that welcome them without a visa. The data used in the ranking are compiled from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

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2019 Henley African passport index

Rank (African) countries Number of destinations Rank (Global)
1 Seychelles 151 27
2 Mauritius 145 51
3 South Africa 101 53
4 Botswana 82 62
5 Namibia 75 68
6 Lesotho 74 69
7 Eswatini 72 71
8 Kenya 71 72
8 Malawi 71 72
10 Gambia 68 73
10 Tanzania 68 73
10 Zambia 68 73
13 Tunisia 66 74
14 Cabo Verde 65 75
15 Uganda 64 76
16 Ghana 63 77
17 Sierra-Léone 62 78
18 Benin 61 79
18 Morocco 61 79
20 Mauritania 58 80
20 Mozambique 58 80
20 Sao Tomé and Principe 58 80
23 Burkina-Faso 57 81
24 Côte d’Ivoire 56 82
24 Guinea 56 82
24 Senegal 56 82
27 Gabon 55 83
27 Mali 55 83
27 Togo 55 83
30 Niger 54 84
30 Rwanda 54 84
32 Chad 53 85
32 Guinea Bissau 53 85
32 Madagascar 53 85
35 Comores 52 86
36 Equatorial Guinea 51 87
37 Algeria 50 88
38 Angola 49 89
38 Central Africa 49 89
38 Egypt 49 89
41 Cameroon 48 90
42 Congo 47 91
42 Liberia 47 91
42 Nigeria 47 91
45 Burundi 46 92
46 Djibouti 45 93
47 DRC 43 95
48 Ethiopia 42 96
49 Libya 41 97
49 South Sudan 41 97
51 Sudan 39 99
53 Eritrea 38 100
54 Somalia 32 103
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