Most powerful African passport in 2021. Nigeria ranks 46, Kenya at 12

powerful African passport 2021

The pandemic came with new difficulties to travelling and exploring the world. It made us question what capabilities do we have as Africans to tour the world if you are from Africa while holding an African passport. Which African passport is the most powerful when it comes to freedom and access in 2021?

The closure of borders to contain the coronavirus lead to the rapid drop in global mobility,  leading to an all time low in the World Openness Score (WOS), or the measure to assess the openness of the world based on visa-free travel agreements, according to the Arton Capital Passport Index 2021.

Passport Index said that this year the African country with the most powerful passport in 2021 is Seychelles. The island ranks first with a score of 89. Visa-free travel to 59 countries, visa on-arrival in 30 countries and visa required countries at 109.

Here’s a list of African countries’ passport ranking from the most powerful to the least access in mobility in 2021.

  1. Seychelles
  2. Mauritius
  3. South Africa
  4. Botswana
  5. Lesotho
  6. Namibia
  7. Tunisia
  8. Malawi
  9. Zambia
  10. Eswatini
  11. Tanzania
  12. Kenya
  13. Gambia
  14. Ghana
  15. Cape Verde
  16. Rwanda
  17. Zimbabwe
  18. Uganda
  19. Morocco
  20. Sao tome and Principe
  21. Sierra Leone
  22. Cote d’iviore (ivory coast)
  23. Mozambique
  24. Senegal
  25. Burkina Faso
  26. Benin
  27. Algeria
  28. Madagascar
  29. Gabon
  30. Guinea-bissau
  31. Mauritania
  32. Angola
  33. Niger
  34. Togo
  35. Equatorial Guinea
  36. Guinea
  37. Cameroon
  38. Burundi
  39. Mali
  40. Comoros
  41. Liberia
  42. Chad
  43. Djibouti
  44. Nigeria
  45. South Sudan
  46. Democratic Republic of Congo
  47. Libya
  48. Sudan
  49. Ethiopia
  50. Eritrea
  51. Somalia

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Source: Financial ExpressArton Capital Passport Index 2021

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