These are the Least Powerful African Passports in 2018

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The Passport ranking, by global citizenship advisory group Henley & Partners, measures the power of passports by the number of countries the holder can access either visa-free, or with a visa obtainable on arrival.

These are the Least Powerful African Passports in 2018

For Somalians, that number is always low, while other countries have been improving the freedom of movement of their citizens with bilateral agreements somalia and most Aftican countries on this list are doing nothing.

Holders of the new top passport in the rankings, Seychelles, can now travel to 152 countries and territories without making any prior visa arrangements.

The least powerful passport in Africa has just 32 visa-free countries for travel.

The least powerful passport for 2018 has been revealed by a new study.

Analysing how many countries can be visited visa-free, the ranking determined by Henley & Partners lists them in order from strongest to weakest.

The most powerful African passport was revealed to be Seychelles, with a whopping 152 countries being visa-free. They are closely followed by Mauritius (146) and South Africa (102)

But which African country has the least powerful passport in the world?

Somalia pales in comparison to Seychelles when it comes to the number of countries their citizens can travel without a visa, the country only offers 32 countries to be easily travelled to, 120 countries less than the top spot.

Somalia was closely followed by Eritrea (39), Sudan (39), Libya (41). Siuth Sudan (41) and Ethiopia (42)

The Giant of Africa ‘Nigeria’ was ranked 8th in the list of least powerful passport in Africa. Holders of Nigerian Passport can only travel to 47 countries without Visa compared to Seychelles whopping 146,

These are the Least Powerful Passports in Africa in 2018

14. Madagascar

World rank – 88
Number of countries you can travel to without a visa – 53

13. Guinea-Bissau

World rank – 88
Number of countries you can travel to without a visa – 53

12. Equatorial Guinea

World rank – 89
Number of countries you can travel to without a visa – 52

11. Algeria

World rank – 91
Number of countries you can travel to without a visa – 50

16. Central African Republic

World rank – 92
Number of countries you can travel to without a visa – 49

10. Angola

World rank – 92
Number of countries you can travel to without a visa – 49

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10. Egypt

World rank – 92
Number of countries you can travel to without a visa – 49

9. Cameroon

World rank – 93
Number of countries you can travel to without a visa – 48

8. Liberia

World rank – 94
Number of countries you can travel to without a visa – 47

8. Nigeria

World rank – 94
Number of countries you can travel to without a visa – 47

8. Congo (Rep.)

World rank – 94
Number of countries you can travel to without a visa – 47

7, Burundi

World rank – 95
Number of countries you can travel to without a visa – 46

6. Djibouti

World rank – 96
Number of countries you can travel to without a visa – 45

5. Congo (Dem. Rep.)

World rank – 98
Number of countries you can travel to without a visa – 43

4. Ethiopia

World rank – 99
Number of countries you can travel to without a visa – 42

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3, South Sudan

World rank – 100
Number of countries you can travel to without a visa – 41

3, Libya

World rank – 100
Number of countries you can travel to without a visa – 41

2. Sudan

World rank – 102
Number of countries you can travel to without a visa – 39

2. Eritrea

World rank – 102
Number of countries you can travel to without a visa – 39

1, Somalia

World rank – 105
Number of countries you can travel to without a visa – 32

The Henley Passport Index

The Henley Passport Index is a ranking of all the passports of the world according to the number of countries their holders can travel to visa-free. The ranking is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which maintains the world’s largest and most accurate database of travel information, and is enhanced by extensive in-house research.

The index is updated in real-time, as and when visa-policy changes come into effect. With the Henley Passport Index, you can assess where you lie on the spectrum of global mobility and discover how to maximize your travel freedom through citizenship-by-investment. Along with the Henley & Partners – Kochenov Quality of Nationality Index, the index is considered the most reliable reference standard for global citizens



Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.

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