The Henley Passport Index recently released the passport index for the year 2020. As usual, African countries rank poorly as compared to the rest of the world—in a world that worships white supremacy, Africans are often at the lowest rung of every ladder.
The Henley Passport Index ranks 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.
The top 10 most powerful passports in the world were according to the 2020 ranking were:
1. Japan which had access to 191 countries and territories;
2. Singapore (190)
3. South Korea and Germany (189)
4. Italy and Finland (188)
5. Spain, Luxembourg and Denmark (187)
6. Sweden and France (186)
7. Switzerland, Portugal, Netherlands, Ireland and Austria (185)
8. US, UK, Norway, Greece and Belgium (184)
9. New Zealand, Malta, Czech Republic, Canada and Australia (183)
10. Slovakia, Lithuania and Hungary (181).
The strongest African passport, Seychelles, came in at number 29 with access to 151 countries and territories. Surprisingly, Nigeria fell off the list of top ten most powerful African passports.