Tanzanian Passport Second Most Powerful
According to The Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index 2017, Tanzania’s passport is the second most powerful traveling document in East Africa because a Tanzanian passport allows its holder to travel to 65 countries worldwide with ease – even when a visa’s needed, putting it in 72nd place globally. Meaning citizens of Tanzania enjoy quite a bit of travel freedom. Jealous?
The Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index 2017 is a report that ranks each country and territory in the world based on the travel freedom its citizens enjoy, which of course includes the ease in obtaining a visa – fee, return ticket, and hotel reservation. The index has 219 destination countries/territories in total.
Side note – I wonder what the 65 countries are. Thought here’s that the passport’d carry a lot more weight if some of the dominant countries today – US, UK, China etc – are on the list.
Uganda ranks third in the region with its citizens able to travel to 61 countries with ease. Rwanda’s fourth where its passport allows entry into 51 destinations and Burundi’s fifth with its passport holders easily obtaining a visa to 44 countries. Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi all rank 75th, 85th and 91st globally, respectively. At the bottom of the list – for the East Africa region, that is – is the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan. This passport gets you into 37 countries and is ranked 96th globally.
Curious about who nabbed the top spot in the region? Kenya. The country ranks 68th globally and its holders can travel to 69 countries…just 2 countries more than Tanzania.
Looking continent-wide, Seychelles takes the #1 spot because its citizens enjoy visa-free traveling privileges similar to Europeans. The country ranks 29th globally and its passport gets into 137 countries. Mauritius is 2nd at 33rd globally and 131 countries while South Africa’s 3rd at 55th globally and 98 countries. Botswana comes in 4th, Namibia 5th while Lesotho and Malawi tie for 7th place. Somalia takes the bottom spot on the continent.
Good eye if you noticed that all the countries dominating the top 7 spots on the continent are in Southern Africa. North, East and West Africa, what’s up?
The strongest passport globally, to my surprise, is Germany, where its citizens can travel to 176 countries without the need for a visa. Coming in 2nd is Sweden (175 countries) while Denmark, Finland, Italy, Spain & the US all tie for 3rd place at 174 countries each.