Namibian passport powerful

Namibia has visa-free access to 75 countries, in comparison to Seychelles which offers visa-free access to 151 countries.

14 January 2019 | Local News

The Namibian passport is the fifth most powerful on the continent and currently ranks 68th in the world.

This is according to the latest Henley Passport Index.

The index ranks countries on the basis of the number of places where citizens can travel without a visa.

It is based on information gathered throughout the year by the International Air Transport Authority (IATA) and factors in 199 countries' passports.

The other top ranked African countries were Seychelles, Mauritius, South Africa and Botswana. According to the index, Namibia has visa-free access to 75 countries, in comparison to Seychelles which offers visa-free access to 151 countries.

While Namibia moved up one place on the index since last year, from the 69th position globally, it had visa-free access to 76 countries in 2018.

Last year its passport was also ranked the fifth most powerful in Africa.

Globally, Japan's passport topped the Henley Passport Index for the second year in a row, as it offers travel visa-free access to 190 countries.

Following Japan on the list are Singapore and South Korea. Both countries allow its citizens to travel to 189 countries visa-free. France and Germany are tied for third with 188 visa-free destinations.

The United States passport is tied in sixth place alongside Austria, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The countries with the weakest passports in the world include Palestinian and Sudan in 99th place, which allow access to only 39 countries, while Somalia and Syria in 103rd place and Afghanistan and Iraq in 104th place.

Boasting cutting-edge expert commentary and historical data spanning 14 years, 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 IATA, which maintains the world's largest and most accurate database of travel information. It is enhanced by extensive and ongoing research by the Henley and Partners research department.



ELLANIE SMIT

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