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Mauritian passport remains 2nd most powerful in Africa, 33rd globally

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Mauritian passport remains 2nd most powerful in Africa, 33rd globally

Mauritius remains the second most powerful passport in Africa and 33rd globally, according to the latest Henley Passport Index.

This is a ranking of the globe’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa. The index includes 199 passports and 227 travel destinations.

“Each passport is scored on the total number of destinations that the holder can access visa-free. For each travel destination, if no visa is required, then a score of 1 is allocated for that passport.

“This also applies if passport holders can obtain a visa on arrival, a visitor’s permit, or an electronic travel authority (ETA) upon entry. Where a visa is required, or where a passport holder must apply for a government-approved electronic visa (e-visa) before departure, a score of 0 is assigned. The same applies if they need pre-departure approval for a visa on arrival,” explains Henley & Partners, a residence and citizenship advisory firm that compiles the index.

Mauritian passport remains 2nd most powerful in Africa, 33rd globally
The strength of the Mauritius over the past 16 years

The Mauritian passport was 33rd most powerful globally for the second consecutive year. It was 30th in 2019 and 31st in 2020.

It was strongest in 2014 (27th).

Overall Japan has the world’s most powerful passport, with visa-free access to 193 countries, followed by Singapore and South Korea.

Afghanistan has the weakest passport; holders can only visit 27 countries without obtaining a visa. The majority of African countries fall in the bottom-half of the list.

Here’s the Top 10 African countries with the most powerful passports in Q3:2022 

1. Seychelles

Global ranking: 28

Visa-free score: 153

2. Mauritius

Global ranking: 33

Visa-free score: 146

3. South Africa

Global ranking: 55

Visa-free score: 105

4. Botswana

Global ranking: 65

Visa-free score: 87

5. Namibia

Global ranking: 70

Visa-free score: 79

6. Lesotho

Global ranking: 72

Visa-free score: 77

7. eSwatini

Global ranking: 74

Visa-free score: 75

8. Malawi

Global ranking: 75

Visa-free score: 74

9. Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia

Global ranking: 76

Visa-free score: 72

10. Tunisia

Global ranking: 77

Visa-free score: 71

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