10 Best African passports

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The African continent contains 54 countries, some of which rank in the top 25 of the worlds most powerful passports.

Most African passports do not offer too many visa free destinations, but some passports are more powerful than others.

In this blog post, we will explore the 10 most powerful passports in Africa.

As a rule of thumb, the countries located in Southern Africa tend to have better passports than the countries in east Africa or most other African nations.

There is not one east African country on the list.

Check out the most powerful passports ranking for Africa, with detailed information per passport. We listed from 10 to 1:
Morocco Country Landscape Photo

10. Morocco

According to the SovSpot Passport Ranking Index, the Moroccan passport is now ranked 81st worldwide, and occupies the 10th spot for the most powerful passports in Africa. The country allows its citizens visa-free travel to 63 countries.

Moroccan passport holders can travel to countries such as Brazil, South Korea, Nigeria, and Turkey without a visa or with a visa on arrival.

Moroccan nationals require a visa to visit around 166 countries across the world. Because of the high visa requirement, it has a low overall mobility score.

The United States, the European Union, and Japan are among the countries that require a visitor’s permit ahead of time.

Namibia Country Landscape Photo

9. Namibia

Namibia is the African country with the 9th most powerful passport in Africa.

According to the SovSpot Passport Ranking Index, the Namibian passport is now ranked 69th worldwide. It allows access to 77 countries without the need for a visa. This results in an overall mobility score of medium-low.

Visa-free travel and visa-on-arrival are available to Namibian passport holders in countries such as Malaysia, Rwanda, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

Namibian citizens require a visa to visit 152 countries across the world. The passport raking is low on the overall global mobility score due to the heavy visa requirement.

The United States, the European Union, Russia, and China are among the countries that require a visa ahead of time. Applicants must show documentation such as evidence of funds and a return airline ticket when applying for a visa.

Malawi Country Landscape Photo

8. Malawi

The country of Malawi is now ranked 72nd on our passport index and is number 8 in this ranking for the most powerful passports in Africa.

It allows visa-free travel to 73 nations. This results in an overall mobility score of medium-low.

Visa-free entry and visas on arrival are available to Malawian passport holders in destinations such as Malaysia, Senegal, Singapore, and Ecuador.

Malawians need a visa to go to roughly 156 countries across the world. The United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, and Japan are among the countries that require a visa ahead of time.

Eswatini Country Landscape Photo

7. Eswatini

Eswatini is a small landlocked country in Southern Africa with an estimated population of 1.6 million. According to the SovSpot passport index, the Swati passport is presently ranked 72nd and it is #7 in our passport list for Africa.

The country enables visa-free travel to 73 destinations. This results in an overall mobility score of medium-low.

Visa-free entry and visas on arrival are available to Swati passport holders in countries such as Malaysia, Senegal, Singapore, and Ecuador.

Swati nationals require a visa to visit 156 countries across the world. The United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, and Japan are among the countries that require a visa ahead of time.

Lesotho Country Landscape Photo

6. Lesotho

Lesotho is one of the two countries landlocked in southern Africa with a relatively powerful African passport, coming in at #6 in our powerful passports ranking for African countries. According to the SovSpot Passport Ranking Index, the Lesotho passport is now ranked 69th.

It allows access to 77 destinations without a visa. This results in an overall mobility score of medium-low for this passport.

Visa-free travel and visas on arrival are available to Lesotho passport holders in countries such as Malaysia, Ireland, Singapore, and Japan.

Visas are required for Lesotho nationals to visit 152 countries around the world. The passport raking is low on the overall global mobility score because of this.

The United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, and China are among the countries that require a visa ahead of time. Applicants must show documentation such as evidence of funds and a return airline ticket when applying for a visa.

Tunisia Country Landscape Photo

5. Tunisia

The fifth most powerful passport in Africa is the Tunisian passport. According to the SovSpot Passport Ranking Index, the Tunisian passport is presently ranked 72nd.

It allows travel to 73 countries without a visa. This results in an overall mobility score of medium-low.

Visa-free travel and visas on arrival are available to Tunisian passport holders in destinations such as Malaysia, Senegal, Serbia, and Ecuador.

Tunisians need a visa to visit around 156 countries across the world. The United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, and Taiwan are among the countries that require a visa ahead of time.

Botswana Country Landscape Photo

4. Botswana

The country of Botswana is ranked #4 on our list for most powerful passports in Africa. It is one of the booming African countries right now, with a vibrant and growing economy.

According to the SovSpot Passport Ranking Index, the Botswanan passport is now ranked 61st. It allows citizens of 87 countries to travel without a visa.

Visa-free travel and visa-on-arrival are available to Botswana passport holders in countries such as Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Israel, the United Kingdom, and Iran.

Citizens of Botswana, on the other hand, need a visa to visit 142 destinations across the world, including Thailand, Canada, Mexico, the United States, and the whole European Union.

Because to the high visa requirement, the mobility score is medium.

South Africa Country Landscape Photo

3. South Africa

The South African passport is now ranked 54th worldwide for our global ranking, and it is 3rd in the most powerful African passports list. South Africans have access to 103 travel destinations without a visa.

Visa-free travel and visa-on-arrival are available to South African passport holders in destinations such as Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Israel, and Russia. This makes it a powerful African passport.

South African citizens, on the other hand, need a visa to visit 126 countries across the world, including Taiwan, Canada, Mexico, the United States, and the European Union as a whole. Because to the high visa requirement, the passport strength score is medium.

Mauritius Country Landscape Photo

2. Mauritius

The second most powerful passport in Africa is that of the island of Mauritius, located in the east African part of the Indian ocean. This is why the Mauritius passport is ranked among the most powerful African passports. According to the SovSpot Passport Ranking Index, the Mauritian passport is now ranked 31st, on the Henley Passport Index, it is ranked #30.

As a Mauritius passport holder, you can travel to 148 countries without the need for a visa. This gives the passport a higher total mobility score, making it a desirable passport.

Visa-free travel and visa-on-arrival are available to Mauritian passport holders in countries such as Singapore, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, and the European Union as a whole.

Together with the #1 country on this list, it is the only other African country that enables easier access to the EU.

This enables for practically quick travel to some of the world’s most popular destinations. Mauritian passport holders, on the other hand, need a visa to visit 81 countries. Taiwan, the United States, and Australia are among the countries that require a visa.

Seychelles Country Landscape Photo

1. Seychelles

The Seychelles passport is the most powerful passport in Africa and is presently ranked 27th in our ranking index and 24th on the Henley Passport Index when benchmarked against all the world’s passports.

The country’s passport allows entrance to 154 countries without a prior visa. Seychelles passport holders receive visa-free access and visas on arrival to countries such as Singapore, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates.

For all African passports, only Seychelles can enter the European Union completely visa free, giving it a better overall mobility score and making it the most powerful passport in this list.

It enables for practically quick travel to some of the world’s most popular destinations without travel restrictions. On the other hand, Seychelles passport holders still need a prior visa to visit around 75 other countries. Thailand, the United States, and Australia are among the nations that require a visa.

The Seychelles Investor Visa is a fast-track residency program that offers investors the opportunity to live and work in the Seychelles. Only after permanent residency in the Seychelles for 11 years would you be able to obtain Seychelles citizenship.

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