Top 10 Most (and Least) Powerful Passports in Africa 2017

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According to the ranking released by Passportindex.org, a dedicated site which ranks countries based on the number of nations where residents can go without purchasing a visa in advance or on arrival. (This is reflected in the visa free score), these are the strongest and weakest passports in Africa.

Most powerful passports in Africa

Highlites; Seychelles nationals can visit 128 countries around the globe without ever showing a visa. This makes their passport the most powerful in Africa.

Mauritius is second in Africa with 121 countries, and South Africa in third place with a visa -free score of 93.

On the other end of the spectrum (least powerful passports),
Somailia has the least powerful passport in Africa, with free access to visit only 32 countries without a visa, followed by sudan 35 countries.

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The giant of Africa Nigeria also made it into the number 7 spot on the list of the least powerful passports in Africa, with free access to only 44 countries.

Top 10 Most Powerful Passports in Africa

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Visa free score = Number of countries that can be travelled to without a visa.
Power rank = Rank in the world (The number of visa free regions and countries played an important role in determining the rank of a country).

Rank Country Visa free score Power rank
1. Seychelles 128 25
2. Mauritius 121 31
3. South africa 93 50
4. Botswana 71 59
5. Lesotho 69 61
5. Papua New Guine 69 61
6. Swaziland 67 63
6. Malawi 67 63
6. Kenya 67 63
7. Namibia 66 64
8. Gambia 65 65
9. Tanzania 64 66
10. Cape verde 63 67

Least Powerful Passports in Africa

Rank Country Visa free score Power rank
10. Chad 49 81
10. Guinea Bissau 49 81
9. Algeria 47 82
8. Equitorial guinea 46 83
8. Liberia 46 83
8. Central african republic 46 83
8. Burubdi 46 83
8. Cameroun 46 83
8. Angola 46 83
7. Nigeria 44 84
7. Congo 44 84
6. Djibouti 43 85
5. DR congo 41 86
4. South sudan 37 88
4. Ethiopia 37 88
4. Eritrea 38 88
3. Libya 37 89
2. Sudan 35 91
1. Somalia 32 92

The annually updated list changes when visa waivers are signed during the year.



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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