Nigerian Passport Still Limp At 91 In World Ranking
By Iwedi Ojinmah 4 months ago
The Henley Passport Index has released its new passport rankings for 2019. The Henley Passport Index is the most rigorous and sophisticated measure of global access. It goes beyond a simple ranking of passports to provide you with an in-depth picture of your travel freedom, including which countries you can access with which type of visa, how your passport has changed over the last 14 years, how your passport compares to other passports, why your passport has the level of access it does, and which additional passports would improve your mobility.
It is the only passport index that is based on International Air Transport Association data, enhanced by extensive in-house research, supported by expert commentary, and updated regularly throughout the year, making it the most robust, credible, and reliable index of its kind.
Nigeria was 94 in 2018 but has risen in 2019 by three spots to 91 as its passport can take its holder into 47 countries without a visa Related: ECOWAS Citizens To Get Biometric Card, N15tn Earmarked For Project .
This is still way behind placing 62nd in 2006, 64th in 2007, 67th in 2008.
In the latest ranking, Nigeria now trails behind Ghana (77), Rwanda (84), Guinea (82), Mali (83), Togo (83), Senegal (82), Chad (85), Benin Republic (80), Cameroon (90) and Central African Republic (89). Somalia came last in Africa with the 103rd spot and its passport can get you into 32 countries without a visa.
At number 53, South Arica is the strongest on the African continent as its passport can get you into 101 countries easily.
In the world ranking, Afghanistan and Iran took the last spot at 104 as their passports can only get you into 30 countries without a visa.
Japan has the world’s most powerful passport as its citizens can visit 190 countries around the world visa-free. The Singaporean and South Korean passports are in joint second place on 189 countries.