The most powerful passports in Africa in 2018

For some people, a passport is a portal to the world. For others, it is a barrier to the travel freedom they seek. Where do you lie on the spectrum of mobility and how powerful is your Passport in helping you achieve it?

What feeling do you experience when you apply for a Visa or approach Immigration? The experience is different with the colour of each passport cover.

Some individuals are naturally advantaged as a result of the country they come from, while the tale is the direct opposite for a lot others – especially those from third world and countries with heavy terrorist presence.

Where does your country’s passport currently rank on the global Index and how many countries can you currently access visa-free?

When it comes to answering these questions, the Henley Passport Index is the most rigorous and sophisticated measure of global access.

It goes beyond a simple ranking of passports to provide you with an in-depth picture of your travel freedom, including which countries you can access with which type of visa, how your passport has changed over the last 13 years, how your passport compares to other passports, why your passport has the level of access it does, and which additional passports would improve your mobility.

The Henley Passport Index is the only passport index that is based on IATA data, enhanced by extensive in-house research, supported by expert commentary, and updated regularly throughout the year, making it the most robust, credible, and reliable index of its kind.

The information provided here reflects the 2018 Henley Passport Index ranking as at 9th October 2018.

The Top 5 Countries In Africa By Passport Ranking

This list shows the countries that occupy the top five ranks in Africa on the 2018 Henley Passport Index (i.e. have better Visa consideration and higher Visa-free access.)

Top 5 in Africa

CountryGlobal RankVisa-free Accessibility
Seychelles25152 Destinations
Mauritius31146 Destinations
South Africa52102 Destinations
Botswana6382 Destinations
Namibia6976 Destinations

We have also added the bottom 5 countries.

Bottom 5 in Africa

CountryGlobal RankVisa-free Accessibility
Democratic Republic of Congo9843 Destinations
Ethiopia9942 Destinations
Libya, South Sudan10041 Destinations
Eritrea, Sudan10239 Destinations
Somalia10532 Destinations

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