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May 6, 2016
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Sub-Saharan Africa: What Value does Your Passport Hold?


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According to the 2016 Passport Index, last updated in April, holders of German and Swedish passports can visit 157 countries without visas or receive visas on arrival at a destination, making them the most powerful in the world. The least powerful named were the Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan, with holders only able to visit 30, 27 and 24 countries respectively. 

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Other passport holders in the top tier include Finland, Italy, Switzerland, France, Spain and the UK, with holders capable of visiting 156 countries, while passport power ranking number 3 goes to Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, South Korea and Norway – all able to visit 155 nations without having to apply for visas. 

The Seychelles tops the list of African nations in terms of passport power, with the ability to visit 123 countries sans visa, while Mauritius comes in at 166 countries with a ranking of 31. South Africa ranks 45 on the list, with the ability to visit 90 countries, while Botswana and Lesotho clock in at number 60 with the ability to visit 66 countries. Malawi comes in at a close 61, with Kenya following at 62 along with Swaziland, and Gambia and Namibia taking the position of 63 in the passport power rankings.

Although these numbers are significant compared with just a decade ago, it illustrates the need for Africa to open its borders and create stronger relationships with its international neighbours. 

Passport Power Rankings

Seychelles | Power Rank: 24 | 123 countries
Mauritius | Power Rank: 31 | 116 countries
South Africa | Power Rank: 45 | 90 countries
Botswana | Power Rank: 60 | 66 countries
Lesotho | Power Rank: 60 | 66 countries
Malawi | Power Rank: 61 | 65 countries
Kenya | Power Rank: 62 | 64 countries
Swaziland | Power Rank: 62 | 62 countries
Gambia | Power Rank: 63 | 63 countries
Namibia | Power Rank: 63 | 63 countries
Tanzania | Power Rank: 65 | 61 countries
Tunisia | Power Rank: 65 | 61 countries
Ghana | Power Rank: 66 | 60 countries
Zambia | Power Rank: 67 | 59 countries
Morocco | Power Rank: 68 | 58 countries
Sierra Leone | Power Rank: 69 | 57 countries
Zimbabwe | Power Rank: 69 | 57 countries
Uganda | Power Rank: 69 | 57 countries
Benin | Power Rank: 70 | 56 countries
Guinea | Power Rank: 71 | 55 countries
Senegal | Power Rank: 72 | 54 countries
Cote d’Ivoire | Power Rank: 72 | 54 countries
Mali | Power Rank: 73 | 53 countries
Mauritania | Power Rank: 73 | 53 countries
Burkina Faso | Power Rank: 74 | 52 countries
Togo | Power Rank: 74 | 52 countries
Niger | Power Rank: 75 | 51 countries
Egypt | Power Rank: 75 | 51 countries
Guinea-Bissau | Power Rank: 77 | 49 countries
Algeria | Power Rank: 78 | 48 countries
Mozambique | Power Rank: 79 | 47 countries
Chad | Power Rank: 79 | 47 countries
Gabon | Power Rank: 79 | 47 countries
Madagascar | Power Rank: 79 | 47 countries
Nigeria | Power Rank: 80 | 46 countries
Rwanda | Power Rank: 80 | 46 countries
Central African Republic | Power Rank: 80 | 46 countries
Liberia | Power Rank: 81 | 45 countries
Angola | Power Rank: 81 | 45 countries
Comoros | Power Rank: 81 | 45 countries
Equatorial Guinea | Power Rank: 81 | 45 countries
Cameroon | Power Rank: 82 | 44 countries
Congo | Power Rank: 83 | 43 countries
Burundi | Power Rank: 84 | 41 countries
Djibouti | Power Rank: 84 | 41 countries
Democratic Republic of Congo | Power Rank: 86 | 39 countries
Libya | Power Rank: 87 | 37 countries
Eritrea | Power Rank: 87 | 37 countries
South Sudan | Power Rank: 88 | 36 countries
Ethiopia | Power Rank: 88 | 36 countries
Sudan | Power Rank: 88 | 36 countries
Somalia | Power Rank: 90 | 32 countries


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