Africa’s Least and Most Powerful Passports


Henley & Partner’s list is one of several indexes created by financial firms to rank global passports according to the access they provide to their citizens. The Henley Passport Index is based on data provided by the International Air Transport Authority (IATA) and covers 199 passports and 227 travel destinations. It is updated in real time throughout the year, as and when visa policy changes come into effect. This is Africa’s least and most powerful passports based on the number of countries they can visit without the need for a visa.

Least Powerful Passports

  • Somalia
  • Eritrea
  • Sudan
  • Libya
  • Ethiopia
  • South Sudan
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Congo
  • Nigeria
  • Cameroon

Most Powerful Passports

  • Seychelles
  • Mauritius
  • South Africa
  • Botswana
  • Lesotho
  • Eswatini
  • Malawi
  • Tanzania, Namibia, Kenya, Tunisa
  • Zambia
  • Cap Verde, Morocco
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