Top 10 Weakest Passports in Africa, 2020: Nigeria’s Passport Ranked 10th

The Nigerian passport has been ranked the 10th Weakest Passport in Africa and 95th in the world, just above countries like Djibouti, South Sudan, and other war-torn countries in the middle-east.

Weakest Passports in Africa, 2020: Nigeria's Passport Ranked 10th

The list was put together by Henley Passport Index, an index which occasionally curates a list of the world’s most travel-friendly passports, Nigeria’s passport was ranked 95/107 in the world and 10th weakest in Africa.

In the recently published report, the Seychelles passport is the most powerful in Africa and the 32nd most powerful passport in the world, as it avails those who possess it visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to about 151 destinations around the world while that of Nigeria only gives one visa free or visa-on-arrival access to 46 countries.

The list also shows Mauritius sitting in second place. While South Africa, Botswana and Namibia were ranked third, fourth and fifth respectively.

The weakness of the Nigerian passport is not unconnected with the nation’s battle with terrorism, fraud, and other crimes.

In December 2019, Nigeria was added to a United States ‘special watch list’ of countries that had engaged in or tolerated the severe violation of religious freedom.

Boko Haram and eight other terrorist groups were also described as ‘Entities of Particular Concern’.

This in no way puts the nation and those who bear its passport in a good light, hence, the sour ranking.

Top 10 Weakest Passports in Africa, 2020:

Rank Country World Rank Visa Free Access
10 Nigeria 95 46
9 Djibouti 95 46
8 South Sudan 96 43
7 Ethiopia 96 43
6 Eritrea 98 41
5 Congo (Dem. Rep.) 98 41
4 Kosovo 99 40
3 Sudan 100 39
2 Libya 102 37
1 Somalia 104 32

Visa Free Countries for Holders of Nigeria’s Passport

Weakest Passports in Africa, 2020

Asia Countries

Cambodia (visa on arrival)
Maldives (visa on arrival)
Timor-Leste (visa on arrival)

African Countries

Burkina Faso
Cape Verde Islands
Comores Islands (visa on arrival)
Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
Ethiopia (visa on arrival)
Kenya (visa on arrival)
Madagascar (visa on arrival)
Mauritania (visa on arrival)
Mauritius (visa on arrival)
Mozambique (visa on arrival)
Namibia (visa on arrival)
Rwanda (visa on arrival)
Seychelles (visa on arrival)
Sierra Leone
Somalia (visa on arrival)
Uganda (visa on arrival)

Oceania Countries

Cook Islands
Palau Islands (visa on arrival)
Samoa (visa on arrival)
Tuvalu (visa on arrival)
St. Kitts and Nevis

Middle East

Iran (visa on arrival)


The Henley 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.

The ranking is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which maintains the world’s largest and most accurate database of travel information, and enhanced by ongoing research by the Henley & Partners Research Department.

Uzonna Anele
Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.

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