Nigeria Passport Ranks 12th Worst in the World

By July 4, 2019General

Nigerian passport ranked 12th worst passport to hold in the world and the 6th worst passport in Africa, with access to only 45 countries without a prior visa. This was revealed in the just-released passport Index by Henley & Partners (a global citizenship and residence advisory firm based in London) for the second half of 2019.

It must also be noted that; Nigeria ranks as the country with the biggest fall in Passport strength in the last ten years (falling from 67th in 2009 to the current ranking of 98th).

In Africa, Seychelles remains the country with the strongest passport with access to 150 counties, and a world rank of 27. This is closely followed by Mauritius which gives access to 145 countries without a prior visa and a world rank of 31.

The worst passport to hold in Africa is the Somali passport, which gives access to only 31 countries without a prior visa and has a world rank of 105. The Sudanese passport is the second worst passport in Africa, it is ranked 103rd in the world and has access to only 37 countries without a prior visa.

Globally, Japan and Singapore (two Asian countries) rank as the world’s most travel-friendly passports with access to over 189 countries each without a prior visa. South Korea, another Asian country shared the second position with the likes of Finland and Germany with access to 187 countries without a prior visa.

The worst passport to have in the world in the second half of 2019, is the Afghan passport, which has access to only 25 countries in the world and is ranked 109th in the world.

The 15 Best Passports to Hold in the World

  1. Japan, Singapore (189 destinations)
  2. Finland, Germany, South Korea (187destinations)
  3. Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg (186 destinations)
  4. France, Spain, Sweden (185 destinations)
  5. Austria, Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland (184 destinations)
  6. Belgium, Canada, Greece, Ireland, Norway, United Kingdom, United States (183 destinations)
  7. Malta (182 destinations)
  8. Czech Republic (181 destinations)
  9. Australia, Iceland, Lithuania, New Zealand (180 destinations)
  10. Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia (179 destinations)
  11. Estonia, Hungary (178 destinations)
  12.  Liechtenstein (177 destinations)
  13. Malaysia (176 destinations)
  14. Chile (174 destinations)
  15. Monaco (173 destinations).

The 15 Worst Passports to Hold

Several countries around the world have visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to fewer than 40 countries. These include:

  1. Afghanistan (25 destinations)
  2. Iraq (27 destinations)
  3. Syria (29 destinations)
  4. Pakistan (30 destinations)
  5. Somalia (31 destinations)
  6. Yemen (33 destinations)
  7. Libya, Palestinian Territory, Sudan (37 destinations)
  8. Nepal (38 destinations)
  9. Bangladesh, Eritrea, Iran, Lebanon, North Korea (39 destinations)
  10. Kosovo (41 destinations)
  11. DR Congo, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka (42 destinations)
  12. Nigeria, Djibouti (45 destinations)
  13. Myanmar (46 destinations)
  14. Burundi, Cameroon, Congo (Rep.), Liberia (47 destinations)
  15. Angola, Egypt, Haiti, Jordan, Laos, Vietnam (49 destinations)

African Countries Ranked by Passport Strength

Country World Rank Accessible countries (Without Prior visa)
Seychelles 27 150
Mauritius 31 145
South Africa 54 99
Botswana 64 82
Namibia 68 76
Lesotho 71 73
Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) 72 72
Malawi 73 71
Kenya 74 70
Zambia 75 69
Gambia 76 68
Tanzania 76 68
Tunisia 77 67
Cape Verde Islands 79 65
Uganda 79 65
Ghana 80 64
Zimbabwe 80 64
Sierra Leone 82 62
Morocco 83 61
Mozambique 85 59
Mauritania 86 58
Sao Tome and Principe 86 58
Burkina Faso 87 57
Cote d’Ivoire 88 56
Gabon 89 55
Guinea 89 55
Rwanda 89 55
Senegal 89 55
Togo 89 55
Mali 90 54
Niger 90 54
Guinea-Bissau 91 53
Madagascar 91 53
Chad 92 52
Comoros Island 92 52
Equatorial Guinea 93 51
Algeria 94 50
Benin 94 50
Central African Republic (CAR) 94 50
Angola 95 49
Egypt 95 49
Burundi 96 47
Cameroon 96 47
Congo (Republic) 96 47
Liberia 96 47
Djibouti 98 45
Nigeria 98 45
Congo (Democratic Republic) 99 42
Ethiopia 99 42
South Sudan 99 42
Eritrea 101 39
Libya 103 37
Sudan 103 37
Somalia 105 31

 

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