According to a recently released ranking by a financial advisory firm Arton Capital on their tool passport index based on how many countries a passport holder can visit without requiring an advance visa or having to purchase one upon arrival to their destination country, the Nigerian passport has been ranked as 57th most powerful passport in the World with visa-free access to 61 countries.
The Nigerian passport shares the 57th position with nine other countries; Bahrain, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, Tunisia, Tanzania, Mali, Namibia and Zambia. The Nigerian passport is the 12th most powerful passport on the African continent coming behind Seychelles with visa-free access to 116 countries, Mauritius (111 countries), South Africa (84 countries), Guinea (81 countries), Sierra Leone (69 countries), Kenya (68 countries), Botswana (68 countries), Niger (66 countries), Ghana (66 countries), Gambia (66 countries), Lesotho (65 countries), Swaziland (62 countries) with Tunisia, Tanzania, Mali, Namibia and Zambia all sharing the 12th position with Nigeria.
The United States and United Kingdom passports share the enviable position of the most powerful passports in the World with access to 147 countries, coming closely is the French, South Korean and German passports (145 countries), Italy and Sweden (144 countries), Denmark, Singapore, Finland, Japan, Luxembourg and Netherlands (143 countries) and Switzerland (142 countries) rounds up the top five positions.
The countries with the least desirable passports according to the ranking are Solomon Islands, Myanmar, South Sudan, Sao Tome and Principe and the Palestinian Territories all ranked at 80th place with access to just 20 countries. Guess the Nigerian passport isn’t so bad after all. It is also note-worthy that Nigeria only allows for visa-free access on a mutual basis, which implies that once a country requires Nigerian citizens to acquire visas before or on-arrival, same is expected of the citizens of such country which explains why even US and UK citizens must apply for visa to gain entry into our dear Naija.
In our next post, we will be making a comprehensive list of countries Nigerian passport holders can visit without applying for a visa and countries where visa can be obtained on arrival.
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