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Freedom to Travel: Top 5 Africa's Most Powerful Passports

Here are Africa’s most powerful passports. While all passports around the world may roughly be the same size at 125 mm × 88 mm – its power ...

Here are Africa’s most powerful passports. While all passports around the world may roughly be the same size at 125 mm × 88 mm – its power ultimately boils down to whether or not you need a visa to visit certain countries or not. 

Seychelles is the African country whose citizens have the most freedom to visit other countries around the globe, while Eritrean passport holders have the hardest time travelling.

Seychelles, no visa required in 129 countries Seychellois passport holders can visit more countries in the world than Mauritius, South Africa, Kenya or Nigeria without the need to apply for a visa beforehand.
The Most Wanted Passport in Africa 

An infographic published by GOOD Magazine, which ranked countries according to the number of countries their passports can enter either without a visa, or with a visa on arrival, reveals that Seychelles passport holders have access to 126 countries, making it the African passport with the best access to the world, sitting in 28th position worldwide.

Mauritius, no visa required in 125 countries 
More than a simple grant of access to country, passports and the visas stamped on them are a reflection of geopolitics – the relationship between two nations and a country’s stature relative to the rest of the world.

An infographic recently released by Good Magazine ranking the most powerful passports in the world has listed the Mauritian passport – which grants access without a visa or by receiving one upon entry to 123 countries – as the second strongest passport in Africa after Seychelles.

South Africa, no visa required in 94 countries Many of us can only dream about the freedom to travel without any visa restrictions and while South Africans enjoy one of the widest ranges of visa-free travel options on the African continent – with its visa-free access extending to 97 of the world’s 194 countries. 

The slow progress in the approval of something like a Uni-visa for southern African Development Community (SADC) Countries only serves to add more pipe than pleasure. The South African passport is the 3rd most powerful passport.

Botswana, no visa required in 73 countries 
The fourth most powerful African passport is that held by citizens of Botswana, which is ranked 58th in the Index. 

However, the Botswana passport only offers visa-free entry to 73 countries, which makes it 57% poorer in terms of access than the five highest-ranked passports: citizens of Finland, Sweden, the UK, Germany and the United States are able to travel visa-free to 174 destinations around the globe.

Gambia, no visa required in 68 countries The Gambia has the fifth most powerful passport in Africa. The Gambian passport allows holders to visit 68 countries without having to go through the tedium of obtaining an entry clearance visa. 

Only Seychelles with 129 visa free countries, Mauritius at 125, South Africa at 94 and Botswana at 73 trumped The Gambia. - Online Sources 

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