Most powerful African passports : While all passports around the world may roughly be the same size at 125 mm × 88 mm – its power ultimately boils down to whether or not you need a visa to visit certain countries or not. Seychelles is the African country whose citizens have the most freedom to visit other countries around the globe, while Eritrean passport holders have the hardest time travelling. A new infographic, designed by Rosie Spinks for GOOD magazine, ranks countries according to the number of places their passports can enter either without a visa, or with a visa on arrival.
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Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, features in joint 33rd position. Globally, passports from Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom are the most powerful, allowing citizens easy access to 173 countries. Afghanistan is the lowest ranked country.
Strict visa requirements between African countries have been blamed for holding back economic growth. “Africa is one of the regions in the world with the highest visa requirements. Visa restrictions imply missed economic opportunities for intra-regional trade and for the local service economy such as tourism, cross-country medical services or education”, said Mthuli Ncube, chief economist and vice-president of the African Development Bank, during a conference last year.
Note: The original infographic doesn’t include Liberia or Somalia, and both the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of the Congo are referred to as “Congo
7. Zambia – No Visa Required in 66 Countries
A somewhat good reflection of the power on a Zambian Passport holder because it means for you to travel globally you need to apply for Visas to more than half the number of the 219 countries surveyed!. The Zambian Passport ranks 7th on our list of the most powerful passports in Africa with 66 countries no visa required, the same as the Malawian Passport. The Zambian passport has made it on the list of the 10 most powerful passports in Africa.