RANKED: TOP 5 MOST POWERFUL AFRICAN PASSPORTS
It is widely known that every passport and the privilege that comes with it. Therefore, there is no point in disputing the importance of learning the strength of a passport.
WHAT MAKES A PASSPORT POWERFUL?
What determines how powerful a passport is, is the number of countries you can visit without a visa. According to the Henley Passport Index which measures the ease at which passport holders are able to get to a number of destinations without a visa.
The rankings of a powerful passport are based on data that has been collected by International Air Transport Association (IATA). The IATA has an accurate database of travel information.
The Henley Passport Index is updated on a quarterly basis, which means that there can be changes due to the dynamic and competitive nature. There are some passports that remained influential whereas others have moved from one spot to the other. In Africa, Seychelles holds the most powerful passport.
1 . FIRSTLY, SEYCHELLES
The Seychelles passport takes the lead when it comes to the most powerful passport on the continent. The passport can take you to one hundred and fifty countries without a visa.
The country has a population of about 97,625, the Seychelles Passport is the strongest in Africa, as at the 2021 ranking. The country is also a popular spot for tourists. The official language of the people is English, French, and Seychellois creole.
2 . SECONDLY, MAURITIUS
It is the second most powerful passport in Africa. The passport allows one to travel to one hundred and forty-six countries without a visa. Mauritius’ official languages are English and French.
3 . THIRDLY, SOUTH AFRICA
It is the third most powerful passport in Africa. With a South African passport, you have access to one hundred and one countrIES without a visa. South Africa has three capital cities: Pretoria, Bloemfontein, and Cape Town.
4 . ALSO, BOTSWANA
It is the 4th most powerful passport in Africa and gives you access to 85 countries without any prior visa. It is a landlocked country found in the Southern part of Africa. The official languages spoken in Botswana are English and Setswana, and it has a population of about 2.3 million. Globally, the country ranks at 64 of world most powerful passports.
5 . LAST BUT NOT LEAST, NAMIBIA
A Namibian passport gives you access to 77 countries without a visa. The country is ranked as the 68th country with the most powerful passport globally and the 5th in Africa.
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