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South Africa’s passport ranks among top 3 in Africa

Seychelles, Mauritius and South Africa are Africa’s best ranked passports, while Congo, Ethiopia, Libya, South Sudan, Eritrea, Sudan and Somalia are the lowest placed in the continent.

As contained in the current Henley Global Passport Index, 2018, the rankings are comprehensive number of countries that a passport can grant access to without visas.

With a global ranking of 24th and a visa-free access to 151 countries, Seychelles sits atop others in Africa while Mauritius, South Africa, Botswana and Namibia passports can access 145, 102, 81 and 76 countries respectively.

While Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria, take the 90th in global ranking and the 24th position in Africa, the biggest climbers in rank in comparison with the 2017 index are Guinea, Seychelles, Mauritius, South Africa and Sierra Leone.

The Henley Passport Index is a ranking of all the passports of the world according to the number of countries their holders can travel to visa-free. The ranking is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which maintains the world’s largest and most accurate database of travel information, and is enhanced by extensive in-house research.

The index is updated in real-time, as and when visa-policy changes come into effect. With the Henley Passport Index, citizens of countries all over the world can ascertain where they rank in the spectrum of global mobility and discover how to maximize their travel freedom through citizenship-by-investment.

Along with the Henley & Partners – Kochenov Quality of Nationality Index, the index is considered the most reliable reference standard for global citizens.


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