Top 20 Most Powerful Passports in Africa 2021

Every passport has some level of privileges, as Africans, it is much easier to travel within the continents than without. However, there are some powerful African passports that can travel far. That’s why we’ll be taking a look at the top 20 most powerful passport in Africa 2021.

According to the Henley Passport Index which measures the access each country’s travel document affords. The strongest African passport belongs to Seychelles, with Mauritius and South Africa ranked second and third respectively.

The Henly Passport Index is the original ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa. It is also based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which maintains the world’s largest and most accurate database of travel information. So which countries have the most powerful passport in Africa this year?

Top 20 Most Powerful African Passports 2021

Below is the list of the top 20 strongest passports in Africa 2021.

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Africa Ranking Global Ranking No. of Accessible Countries
Seychelles 1 28 151
Mauritius 2 31 146
South Africa 3 54 101
Botswana 4 62 85
Namibia 5 68 77
Lesotho 6 69 76
Malawi 7 72 73
Kenya 8 73 72
Zambia 9 74 71
Tanzania 10 74 71
Tunisia 11 74 71
Gambia 12 75 68
Uganda 13 76 67
Cape Verde Island 14 77 66
Ghana 15 78 65
Zimbabwe 16 78 65
Morocco 17 79 64
Sierra Leone 18 80 63
Benin 19 81 62
Sao Tome & Principe 20 82 61
Mozambique 21 81 62
Rwanda 22 83 60

The ranking of passports indicates how hard it is for African travellers to visit other countries. Apart from the least ranked countries, most African travellers can visit fewer than 100 countries without a visa.

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For example, Nigerians may only travel to only 46 countries without a visa, while Ethiopians can travel to 44 countries.

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