World Passport Ranking: See Nigeria’s Spot In 2019 World’s Most Powerful Passports (Full List)

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According to the CNN, it’s been a two-horse race this year to be named the world’s most powerful passport, with both top contenders in Asia and unsurprisingly, Japan and Singapore have held onto their position as the world’s most travel-friendly passports.

That’s the view of the Henley Passport Index, which periodically measures the access each country’s travel document affords.

Singapore and Japan’s passports have topped the rankings thanks to both documents offering access to 190 countries each.

South Korea rubs shoulders with Finland and Germany in second place, with citizens of all three countries able to access 188 jurisdictions around the world without a prior visa.

Ironically, Nigeria lies comfortably in lowly 95 in world passport ranking, and can only visit 46 countries without a visa, which is so bad for a country with such a massive economy as Nigeria.

In the other hand, Finland has benefited from recent changes to Pakistan’s formerly highly restrictive visa policy. Pakistan now offers an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) to citizens of 50 countries, including Finland, Japan, Spain, Malta, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates — but not, notably, the United States or the UK.

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The European countries of Denmark, Italy and Luxembourg hold third place in the index, with visa-free/visa-on-arrival access to 187 countries, while France, Spain and Sweden are in the fourth slot, with a score of 186.

Five years ago, the United States and the UK topped the rankings in 2014 — but both countries have now slipped down to sixth place, the lowest position either has held since 2010.

While the Brexit process has yet to directly impact on the UK’s ranking, the Henley Passport Index press release observed in July, “with its exit from the EU now imminent, and coupled with ongoing confusion about the terms of its departure, the UK’s once-strong position looks increasingly uncertain.”

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The United Arab Emirates continues its ascent up the rankings, up five places to rank 15th. “It’s the strongest climber this quarter,” Lorraine Charles at Cambridge University’s Centre for Business Research says in the October release. “While the UAE may not be able to compete with Saudi Arabia — the regional hegemon — in terms of military strength and economic power, the projection of its soft power is uncontested in the GCC.”

At the other end of the scale, Afghanistan is once again at the bottom of the rankings, with its citizens needing a prior visa for all but 25 destinations worldwide.

Dr. Christian H. Kaelin, Chairman of Henley & Partners and the creator of the passport index concept, says in the July release: “With a few notable exceptions, the latest rankings from the Henley Passport Index show that countries around the world increasingly view visa-openness as crucial to economic and social progress.”

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Below is the Ranking of Countries by it’s Visa-Free Access to other countries {e.g. number of countries a particular country can visit without visa}:

Japan: 1 – 190
Singapore: 1 – 190
South Korea: 2 188
Germany: 2 188
Finland: 2 – 188
Denmark: 3 – 187
Italy: 3 – 187
Luxembourg: 3 – 187
France: 4 – 186
Sweden: 4 – 186
Spain: 4 – 186
Austria: 5 – 185
Netherlands: 5 – 185
Portugal: 5 – 185
Norway: 6 – 184
Switzerland: 6 – 184
United Kingdom: 6 – 184
United States: 6 – 184
Belgium: 6 – 184

Canada: 6 – 184
Greece: 6 – 184
Ireland: 6 – 184
Czech Republic: 7 – 183
Malta: 7 – 183
New Zealand: 8 – 182
Australia: 9 – 181
Lithuania: 9 – 181
Slovakia: 9 – 181
Iceland: 10 – 180
Hungary: 10 – 180
Latvia: 10 – 180
Slovenia: 10 – 180
Estonia: 11 – 179
Malaysia: 12 – 177
Liechtenstein: 12 – 177
Chile: 13 – 174
Poland: 13 – 174
Monaco: 14 – 173
Cyprus: 14 – 173

United Arab Emirates: 15 – 172
Romania: 16 – 171
Brazil: 17 – 170
Argentina: 17 – 170
Bulgaria: 17 – 170
Hong Kong (SAR China): 18 – 168
Croatia: 18 – 168
San Marino: 19 – 167
Andorra: 20 – 166
Brunei: 21 – 165
Israel: 22 – 159
Barbados: 22 – 159
Mexico: 23 – 158
Bahamas: 24 – 154
St. Kitts and Nevis: 24 – 154
Uruguay: 25 – 153
Seychelles: 26 – 151
Costa Rica: 27 – 150
Antigua and Barbuda: 28 – 149
Trinidad and Tobago: 29 – 148
Vatican City: 29 – 148
Mauritius: 30 – 146

Taiwan (Chinese Taipei)31: – 145
St. Lucia: 31 – 145
St. Vincent and the Grenadines: 31 – 145
Grenada: 32 – 142
Paraguay: 32 – 142
Macao (SAR China): 33 – 141
Panama: 34 – 140
Dominica: 35 – 137
Peru: 36 – 135
El Salvador: 37 – 134
Honduras: 37 – 134
Venezuela: 38 – 132
Guatemala: 38 – 132
Serbia: 39 – 131
Samoa: 39 – 131
Solomon Islands: 40 – 130
Vanuatu: 40 – 130
Nicaragua41 – 128
Tuvalu: 42 – 127
Ukraine: 43 – 126
Colombia: 43 – 126
Tonga: 44 – 125

North Macedonia: 45 – 123
Marshall Islands: 46 – 122
Kiribati: 46 – 122
Montenegro: 46 – 122
Moldova: 47 – 119
Micronesia: 47 – 119
Palau Islands: 47 – 119
Russian Federation: 48 – 117
Bosnia and Herzegovina: 49 – 116
Georgia: 50 – 114
Albania: 51 – 113
Turkey: 52 – 112
South Africa: 53 – 100
Belize: 54 – 99
Timor-Leste: 55 – 95
Kuwait: 56 – 93
Qatar: 57 – 92
Ecuador: 58 – 91
Fiji: 59 – 88
Guyana: 60 – 87
Nauru: 60 – 87
Maldives: 61 – 84

Jamaica: 61 – 84
Papua New Guinea: 62 83
Botswana: 62 – 83
Bahrain: 63 – 81
Oman: 64 – 79
Suriname: 65 – 78
Bolivia: 65 – 78
Thailand: 66 – 77
Namibia: 67 – 76
Belarus: 68 – 75
Kazakhstan; 68 – 75
Lesotho: 69 – 74
Saudi Arabia: 69 – 74
Eswatini (Swaziland): 70 – 73
Malawi: 71 – 72
China: 72 – 71
Kenya: 72 – 71
Indonesia: 73 – 70
Zambia: 73 – 70
Gambia: 74 – 69
Tanzania: 75 – 68
Tunisia: 75 – 68

Azerbaijan: 76 – 66
Cape Verde Islands: 76 – 66
Uganda: 76 – 66
Philippines: 77 – 65
Cuba: 77 – 65
Ghana: 77 – 65
Dominican Republic: 78 – 64
Zimbabwe: 78 – 64
Sierra Leone: 79 -63
Kyrgyzstan: 80 – 62
Benin: 80 – 62
Mongolia: 80 – 62
Morocco: 80 – 62
Armenia: 81 – 60
Mozambique: 81 – 60
Sao Tome and Principe: 81 – 60
India: 82 -59
Mauritania: 83 – 58
Burkina Faso: 83 – 58
Tajikistan: 84 – 57
Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast): 84 – 57
Rwanda: 84 – 57

Uzbekistan: 85 – 56
Guinea: 85 – 56
Gabon: 85 – 56
Senegal: 86 – 55
Togo: 86 – 55
Mali: 87 – 54
Niger: 87 – 54
Guinea-Bissau: 87 – 54
Madagascar: 87 – 54
Cambodia: 88 – 53
Chad: 88 – 53
Comores Islands: 88 – 53
Bhutan: 89 – 52
Equatorial Guinea: 89 – 52
Turkmenistan: 90 – 51
Vietnam: 90 – 51
Central African Republic: 90 – 51
Algeria: 91 – 50
Laos: 92 – 49
Haiti: 92 – 49
Jordan: 92 – 49
Angola: 92 – 49

Egypt: 92 – 49
Cameroon: 92 – 49
Liberia: 93 – 48
Burundi: 93 – 48
Congo: 94 – 47
Myanmar: 95 – 46
Nigeria: 95 – 46
Djibouti: 95 – 46
Sri Lanka: 96 – 43
Ethiopia: 97 – 42
South Sudan: 97 – 42
Kosovo: 98 – 41
Iran: 99 – 40
Bangladesh: 99 – 40
Eritrea: 99 – 40
North Korea: 100 – 39
Lebanon: 100 – 39
Nepal: 101 – 38
Libya: 102 – 37
Palestine: 102 – 37
Sudan: 102 – 37
Yemen: 103 – 33

Pakistan: 104 – 31
Somalia: 104 – 31
Syria: 105 – 29
Iraq: 106 – 27
Afghanistan: 107 – 25

Source: CNN

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