Nigerian passport slips to 90th position on the passport ranking due to economic and political instability
The Henley Passport Index (HPI) has placed the Nigerian passport at the 90th position due to rising economic and political crisis in the country. The ranking reveals which country has visa-free access to over 100 countries.
In the report released Tuesday, Singapore topped the list, replacing Japan for the first time in five years in third place.
Citizens of Singapore, according to the report, can visit 192 travel destinations out of 227 around the world visa-free.
Germany, Italy, and Spain all moved up into the 2nd place with visa-free access to 190 destinations, while Japanese passport holders alongside those from, Austria, Finland, France, Luxembourg, South Korea, and Sweden — all in third place – have access to 189 destinations without a prior visa.
Both the United Kingdom and the United States jointly held first place on the index nearly 10 years ago in 2014 but have been on a downward trajectory ever since, now holding fourth and eighth places, respectively.
Seychelles is in the 24th position on the global log with access to 155 countries and was the highest-ranked African country.
Nigeria ranked 90th alongside South Sudan with visa-free access to only 46 countries. It also ranked fifth lowest on the list of African countries with visa-free travel access, only above the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Eritrea, Sudan, and Libya, projecting nations with extreme violence, coupled with political and economic crises.
Nigerians are notorious for overstaying their visas and becoming refugees in countries they visit.
Mauritius ranked 29th with access to 148 countries while South Africa can visit 106 countries without a prior visa, holding down the 51st spot. Both countries were ranked second and third, respectively in the African continent.
The three weakest passports remain Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria with visa-free travel to just 30 countries.
The HPI is run by Henley & Partners a global residence and citizenship by investment law firm with headquarters in London. It began reporting in 2005 with exclusive data from the International Air Transport Authority (IATA). The index includes 199 different passports and 227 different travel destinations. It is updated every quarter.
Akowe with reports from Abuja