Passport is a universally recognized and acceptable travel identification document for people to move across national borders. The passports of some countries are considered more powerful than others.
These passports open more entry doors to other countries without prior visa. The Seychelles passport is ranked the most powerful passport in Africa by The Henley Passport Index.
The Henley Passport Index is the “original, authoritative ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa.” This includes both embassy visas and online visas.
According to the annual power ranking of passports, Japan and Singapore ranked 1st for 2021. Holders of these passports can access 192 different countries without the need for visa or complications.
The passport ranking for 2021 hasn’t changed much from that of 2020. However, because of the coronavirus pandemic and other global happenings, travel restrictions and bans may apply different from country to country.
African countries with the strongest passports
African countries with the most powerful passports include The Gambia, Tunisia & Zambia, Kenya & Tanzania, Malawi, Lesotho, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Mauritius and Seychelles.
I have ranked these passports in ascending order, from the less powerful to the most powerful African passports for visa-free travel freedom options.
10. The Gambia Passport
People holding a passport from The Gambia can visit 68 other countries without a visa.
9. Passport of Tunisia & Zambia
Those holding passport from Tunisia and The Republic of Zambia can visit 71 countries without a visa.
8. Kenya & Tanzania
Holders of Kenya & Tanzania passports can visit 72 places without prior visa.
Those holding a passport from Malawi can visit 73 countries without a visa.
6. Lesotho Passport
Holders of Lesotho passport can visit 77 places without a prior visa.
5. Namibia Passport
Those holding a passport from Namibia can visit 78 countries without a visa.
4. Botswana Passport
Holders of Botswana passport can visit 86 places without a prior visa.
3. South African Passport
Holders of South African passport can visit 104 places without a prior visa.
2. Mauritius Passport
Those holding a passport from Mauritius can visit 146 places without a prior visa.
1. Seychelles Passport
People holding a passport from Seychelles can visit 152 other countries without a visa.
For the full ranking, you can check the power of each country in the world below. In the release, Access means the number of countries a passport can go without a pre-visa requirement.