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February 3, 2023

Nigerian Passport Global Ranking Expands  

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Kuni .G. Isaac

Nigeria passport is ranked 100th out of 116 countries after reaching the Visa free estimate of 46 countries and 3 countries with visa on arrival, yet still counted among the least powerful in Africa, the latest 2022 Henley Passport Index shows. The index, published by Henley & Partners, a London-based global citizenship and residence advisory firm, ranks 199 passports based on the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa. It is updated in real-time throughout the year as and when visa policy changes come into effect.

Among the list oi countries with the most powerful passports in the world, Japan’s passport is ranked as the most powerful as it permits a holder to enter 193 countries around the world. In Africa, Seychelles’ passport is ranked number one and 28th in the world. Its passport holders have access to 153 countries without visa payment. Mauritius’s passport is ranked second in Africa and ranked 33th globally with access to 146 countries. South Africa is third in Africa and ranked 55th in the world with access to travel to 105 countries. Botswana is ranked fourth in Africa and rated 65 all over the world with access to 87 countries without paying for a visa.

In current time the few African countries that stand in the ranking of the least powerful passports are Somalia, Libya, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan.

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African countries with the least powerful passports

 Nigeria as a country having made improvements to our Countries passport, Nigerians can now visit Visa-free:

 Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Cabo Verde, Chad Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire,

 Djibouti, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho,

 Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda

São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Togo, Uganda,

 Zambia, Zimbabwe, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Timor-Leste, Antigua and Barbuda,

 Barbados, Dominica, Fiji, Haiti, Saint Kitts and Nevi,s Suriname, Fiji, Micronesia,

 Tuvalu, Vanuatu

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