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Top 10 Most Powerful Passports In Africa

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.

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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.

The Gambia passport is ranked 73rd in the world
The passport of Gambia

9. Passport of Tunisia & Zambia

Those holding passport from Tunisia and The Republic of Zambia can visit 71 countries without a visa.

Tunisia passport is ranked 73rd in the world
Passport of Tunisia
Zambia passport is ranked 73rd in the world
Passport of Zambia

8. Kenya & Tanzania

Holders of Kenya & Tanzania passports can visit 72 places without prior visa.

Kenyan passport is ranked 72nd in the world
Kenyan Passport
Tanzania passport is ranked 72nd in the world
Tanzanian Passport

7. Malawi

Those holding a passport from Malawi can visit 73 countries without a visa.

Malawi passport is ranked 71st in the world
Malawian Passport

6. Lesotho Passport

Holders of Lesotho passport can visit 77 places without a prior visa.

Lesotho passport is ranked 68th in the world
Passport of Lesotho

5. Namibia Passport

Those holding a passport from Namibia can visit 78 countries without a visa.

Namibia passport is ranked 67th in the world
Namibia Passport

4. Botswana Passport

Holders of Botswana passport can visit 86 places without a prior visa.

Botswana passport is ranked 62nd in the world
Botswana Passport

3. South African Passport

Holders of South African passport can visit 104 places without a prior visa.

Passport of South Africa is ranked 53rd in the world
Passport of South Africa

2. Mauritius Passport

Those holding a passport from Mauritius can visit 146 places without a prior visa.

Mauritius passport is ranked 31st in the world
Mauritius Passport

1. Seychelles Passport

People holding a passport from Seychelles can visit 152 other countries without a visa.

Seychelles passport is ranked 28th in the world
Seychelles Passport

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.

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