6 African countries with the least powerful passports in 2021

The Henley Passport Index has ranked the world’s passports using factors such as the number of destinations a country’s passport holder can visit without a visa.

In the ranking, Japan is number one globally, while South Africa takes the top spot in Africa.

Global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley & Partners use data from the International Air Transport Association to determine how many destinations passport holders of every country can visit without getting a visa.

The index showed that in Africa, the most powerful passports are from South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, and Eswatini.

Find the list of the six African countries with the least-powerful passports below.

1. Somalia

According to the index, this is the least powerful passport in Africa and also in the world. It is ranked 106 and, its passport holders can visit a total of 33 visa-free destinations.

2. Libya

The Libyan passport is ranked 104 globally. Passport holders can only access 38 countries with no visa.

3. Sudan

The passport of Sudan is ranked 102 globally. A Sudanese passport holder can visit 40 countries without a visa. The Sudanese passport is valid for five-seven years after issuance.

4. Democratic Republic of Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), passport holders can visit 42 countries without a visa. It ranked 100th globally.

5. Eritrea

The Eritrean passport also ranked 100th globally just like that of Congo. A holder of an Eritrean passport can access 42 destinations without a prior visa.

6. South Sudan

A South Sudanese passport can allow holders to visit 43 visa-free destinations. The South Sudanese passport is valid for five years after issuance.

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