The Nigerian passport has been ranked
one of the least powerful passports in the world, according to the
ranking released on Wednesday.
The Passport Index, done by Canada-based
global consultancy Arton Capital, showed Nigerians can travel to 44
countries either without a visa at all or can have one issued on
According to the Index, Djibouti and
Congo with visa-free to 45 countries; Algeria (46); Liberia, Angola,
Equatorial Guinea, and Burundi and Cameroon (47) are African countries
with a stronger passport than Nigeria.
Others are Central Africa Republic (48);
Guinea-Bissau, Chad, Egypt (50); Comoros, Gabon, Mali, Madagascar (52);
Togo, Niger, Mozambique (53); Rwanda (54); Senegal, Mauritania, Burkina
Faso (55); Guinea, Ivory Coast (56); Sao Tome, Benin, Morocco (58); and
Ghana, Sierra Leone (60).
Uganda and Zimbabwe rank higher with 61
and 62 visa-free countries respectively, while Cape Verde, Tunisia and
Zambia are on 63; followed by Tanzania (65); Gambia (66); Namibia (67);
and Kenya, Malawi (68).
Tiny Singapore now has the world’s most
powerful passport, according to a new ranking, with its citizens able to
travel to the greatest number of countries visa-free.
Passport Index, which keeps track of how
usable such documents are, said the city-state grabbed the top spot
after Paraguay removed restrictions for Singaporeans.
That means the approximately 3.4 million
holders of Singaporean passports can now travel to 159 countries either
without a visa at all, or can have one issued on arrival.
Germany came in second place, with its
citizens able to visit 158 countries without a visa, while Sweden and
South Korea tied for third.
The US passport was in sixth place, alongside Malaysia, Ireland and Canada.
Afghanistan came bottom of the list with visa-free access to just 22 countries.
Passport Index said the US passport’s
usefulness has fallen since President Donald Trump took office, with
Turkey and the Central African Republic becoming the most recent
countries to revoke their visa-free entry for holders.
Passport Index ranks passports worldwide
based on the cross-border access a holder has. It was developed by
Canada-based global consultancy Arton Capital.
“For the first time ever, an Asian
country has the most powerful passport in the world,” Philippe May,
managing director of Arton Capital’s Singapore office, said in a
“It is a testament of Singapore’s inclusive diplomatic relations and effective foreign policy.”