The Nigerian passport has been ranked the 10th Weakest Passport in Africa and 95th in the world, just above countries like Djibouti, South Sudan, and other war-torn countries in the middle-east.
The list was put together by Henley Passport Index, an index which occasionally curates a list of the world’s most travel-friendly passports, Nigeria’s passport was ranked 95/107 in the world and 10th weakest in Africa.
In the recently published report, the Seychelles passport is the most powerful in Africa and the 32nd most powerful passport in the world, as it avails those who possess it visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to about 151 destinations around the world while that of Nigeria only gives one visa free or visa-on-arrival access to 46 countries.
The list also shows Mauritius sitting in second place. While South Africa, Botswana and Namibia were ranked third, fourth and fifth respectively.
The weakness of the Nigerian passport is not unconnected with the nation’s battle with terrorism, fraud, and other crimes.
In December 2019, Nigeria was added to a United States ‘special watch list’ of countries that had engaged in or tolerated the severe violation of religious freedom.
Boko Haram and eight other terrorist groups were also described as ‘Entities of Particular Concern’.
This in no way puts the nation and those who bear its passport in a good light, hence, the sour ranking.
Top 10 Weakest Passports in Africa, 2020:
|Rank||Country||World Rank||Visa Free Access|
|5||Congo (Dem. Rep.)||98||41|
Visa Free Countries for Holders of Nigeria’s Passport
Cambodia (visa on arrival)
Maldives (visa on arrival)
Timor-Leste (visa on arrival)
Cape Verde Islands
Comores Islands (visa on arrival)
Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
Ethiopia (visa on arrival)
Kenya (visa on arrival)
Madagascar (visa on arrival)
Mauritania (visa on arrival)
Mauritius (visa on arrival)
Mozambique (visa on arrival)
Namibia (visa on arrival)
Rwanda (visa on arrival)
Seychelles (visa on arrival)
Somalia (visa on arrival)
Uganda (visa on arrival)
Palau Islands (visa on arrival)
Samoa (visa on arrival)
Tuvalu (visa on arrival)
St. Kitts and Nevis
Iran (visa on arrival)
The Henley Passport Index is the original ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa.
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 enhanced by ongoing research by the Henley & Partners Research Department.