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20 MOST POWERFUL PASSPORTS IN AFRICA

When talking about 20 most powerful passports in Africa, we’re not taking about the population or the large territory occupied by some big countries. Powerful passports could be as a result of well thought out foreign policy, how a country is rated by the committee of nations, how seriously you take security challenges of your country, how you handled corruption issues in your country, the rate of acceptance by tourists visiting the country, the national currency, how beautiful and clean is the country. How you handle your environmental and health responsibilities.
Importantly, powerful passports shows how you conduct your foreign policy, that is the principle of reciprocity, for example if you close your door others will definitely do the same.

20 MOST POWERFUL PASSPORTS IN AFRICA

20 MOST POWERFUL PASSPORTS IN AFRICA

20 MOST POWERFUL PASSPORTS IN AFRICA

1. SEYCHELLES

The Island country located in the Indian Ocean northeast of Madagascar off the eastern coast of Africa occupied the number one position in ranking of powerful passports in Africa.
Seychelles makes me to believe that it is not how big or populous a country is but how you articulated your foreign policy.
In the 2018, Henley and Partners Passport Index Global ranking, Seychelles ranked number 24th in the world with ability of visa-free entry into 151 countries. That undoubtedly make her the number one of 20  most powerful passport in Africa.
When most citizens of major African countries struggles daily to obtain visa and enter Schengen area, their Seychelles counterparts are having visa-free entry to Europe.
Furthermore, Russia and China with all their visa and entry restrictions enables only Seychelles and one other country visa free entry.

2. MAURITIUS
An island country located in South east of African mainland in the Indian Ocean
Mauritius with her attractive business programmes, numerous tourists friendly environment, beautiful beaches, stable economy and government,  occupied the second position of the most powerful passport in Africa.
In 2018 Global Passport  rank, Mauritius occupied number 28th in the world and number two in the African continent.
As a citizen of this Island country you have the freedom of visiting 145 countries visa-free or visa on arrival.

3. SOUTH AFRICA
One of the most important country and the biggest economy in Africa used to be the most powerful passport in the continent. South Africa used to be the preferred tourist and investment destination by many foreigners focusing Africa before 2009, however things are changing, due to many factors Seychelles and Mauritius are in the front, today.
Currently South Africa today global passport rank 50th and occupying the third position of the most powerful passport in Africa. Her citizens have the freedom of travelling to 102 countries in the world visa free or visa on arrival.

4. BOTSWANA
A landlocked country in the Southern Africa, famous for her Chobe National Park with the largest concentration of Elephants in the world and the Victoria Falls. This country’s passport is the 4th powerful passport in Africa. In Global Passport rank Botswana occupied number 60th which means her citizens have the freedom to travel to 81 countries in world visa free or visa on arrival.
This an enviable position as Africa is concerned.

5. NAMIBIA
A country located on the southwestern coast of Africa occupied an enviable 5th position as the most powerful passport in Africa. In Global Passport rank Namibia occupied 64th position which translated to facts that her citizens enjoys travelling to 76 countries visa-free or visa on arrival.

6. LESOTHO
A small landlocked country entirely surrounded by South Africa, despite it size, is the 6th most powerful passport in Africa. In Global Passport rank, Lesotho achieved number 66th in the world which indicates her citizens have the opportunity of traveling to 74 countries visa-free or visa on arrival.

7. SWAZILAND
A small landlocked country in Southern Africa, the Kingdom of Swaziland is famous for the Zulu Reed dancers,  is currently occupying the enviable number 7th position in powerful passport in the continent of Africa. In Global Passport’s rank Swaziland occupied number 67th which translated to the  facts that her citizen enjoys the freedom of travelling to 71 countries visa-free entry or visa on arrival.

7. MALAWI
This is another landlocked country situated in the southeast coast of Africa, popular for her Nyasa now known as Lake Malawi with it varieties of wide life. In the current global passport rank Malawi occupied number 67th and came 7th as a powerful passport in Africa. In a nutshell, Malawi passport empowers the citizens to travel to 71 countries visa-free or visa on arrival.

8. KENYA
This beautiful country in the East Africa is number 7th most powerful passport in Africa. In the Global Passport power rank Kenya occupied number 67th and her citizens can travel to 71 countries visa-free or visa on arrival. (Kenya, Malawi and Swaziland shared the same position)

10. GAMBIA
The Gambia a small country in the west coast of Africa occupied the 8th in powerful passport in Africa and in global rank The Gambia is number 6th which in means her citizens enjoys the freedom of travelling to 68 countries visa-free or visa on arrival.

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11. TANZANIA
A country situated in the East Africa occupied the 8th position of most powerful passport in African and number 69th in the global passport rank which shows that Tanzanians can travel to 68 countries visa-free or visa on arrival.

12. ZAMBIA
A country situated in the Eastern Africa occupied the 8th position of the most powerful passport in Africa. She is number 69th in global passport rank which shows that her citizens are free to travel to 69 countries visa-free or visa on arrival.

13. TUNISIA
A Country in the North Africa occupied number 9th as most powerful passport in Africa and in global passport rank Tunisia is placed 70th which shows that Tunisians enjoy travelling to 66 countries visa-free or visa on arrival.

14. UGANDA
A country located in the East Africa occupied number 10th and is number 70th in global passport rank which shows that her citizens have the freedom of travelling to 64 countries visa-free or visa on arrival.

15. CAPE VERDE
An island country located off the west Africa occupied 10th position as the most powerful passport in Africa and on the global passport rank is number 72nd and an indication that her citizens enjoys the freedom of travelling to 64 countries visa-free or visa on arrival

16.GHANA

A country in western coast of Africa occupied the 11th position in powerful passport in Africa and is number 73rd in the global passport rank meaning Ghanaians have the freedom of travelling to 63 countries visa-free or visa on arrival.

17. ZIMBABWE
A country in East Africa jointly occupied the 11th position with Ghana in the powerful passport in Africa and 73rd in the Global passport rank with freedom of travelling to 63 countries visa-free or visa on arrival.

18. SIERRA LEONE
A country in west Africa ravaged by war for many years, occupied the 12th position in the most powerful passport in Africa. 74th in Global passport rank and her citizens have the freedom of travelling to 62 countries visa-free or visa on arrival.

19. BENIN
A small country in West Africa occupied the 13th position in the most powerful passport in Africa, and in global passport rank Benin is number 75ft, her citizens enjoys the freedom of travelling to 61 countries visa-free or visa on arrival.

20. MOROCCO
A country in the Mediterranean area of North Africa jointly occupied the 13th position in the most powerful passport in Africa and number 75ft in the global passport rank with ability of travelling to 61 countries visa-free or visa on arrival.

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Other passports with  less than 60 visa-free countries:

1. MOZAMBIQUE  and SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE are number 77th on global passport rank with ability to travel to 58 countries visa free or visa on arrival.
2. BURKINA FASO
A West-African country is number 78th on global passport rank and have the freedom of travelling to 57 countries visa-free or visa on arrival.

2. IVORY COAST, GUINEA AND SENEGAL jointly occupied number 79th on global passport rank and have the freedom of travelling to 56 countries visa-free or visa on arrival.
3. GABON AND MALI are number 80th on global passport rank and have the freedom of travelling to 55 countries visa-free or visa on.

4. NIGER AND TOGO are number 81st on global passport rank and have the ability of travelling to 54 countries visa-free or visa on arrival.

5. CHAD GUINEA-BISSAU AND MADAGASCAR occupied number 82nd on global passport rank which shows that their citizens can travel to 53 countries visa-free or visa on arrival.

6. COMOROS ISLANDS AND EQUATORIAL GUINEA AND RWANDA are number 83rd on global passport rank and have the freedom of travelling to 52 countries visa-free or visa on arrival.

7. ALGERIA AND EGYPT are number 85ft on the global passport rank have the ability of travelling to 50 countries visa free or visa on arrival.

8. ANGOLA AND CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC are number 86th on the global passport rank with ability to travel to 49 countries visa-free or visa on arrival.

9. CAMEROON occupied number 87th with freedom of travelling to 48 countries visa-free or visa on arrival.
10. CONGO REPUBLIC, LIBERIA AND NIGERIA jointly occupied number 88th and their citizens  have the freedom of travelling to 47 countries visa-free or visa on arrival.
11. BURUNDI
A landlocked country located in East Africa is number 89th on global passport rank and have the freedom of travelling to 46 countries visa-free or visa on arrival.

12. DJIBOUTI
A small country situated in the Horn of Africa occupied number 90th on the global passport rank and have the freedom of travelling to 45 countries visa-free or visa on arrival.

13. CONGO DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC is number 92nd on the global passport rank and have the freedom of travelling to 43 countries visa-free or visa on arrival.

14. ETHIOPIA occupied number 93rd on the global passport rank her citizens have the freedom of travelling to 42 countries visa-free or visa on arrival

15. LIBYA AND SOUTH SUDAN two war-torn African countries are number 94th on global passport rank and their citizens have the freedom of travelling to 41 countries visa-free or visa on arrival.

16.  are number 96th on global passport rank and their citizens have the freedom of travelling to 39 countries visa-free or visa on arrival

17. SOMALIA is the last on the list of African country, occupied 99th on global passport rank and Somalians can only travel to 32 countries visa-free or visa on arrival.

That’s all on 20 most powerful passport in Africa please note that list is not static, it keep changing all the time, depending on policy of a particular country.

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Updated: September 16, 2018 — 6:43 pm

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