South Africa’s passport strength vs the world

A new index of 199 passports across the world shows how South Africa’s green book ranks in offering visa-free travel.

The list, compiled by PassportIndex, places passports into 80 ranks, depending on how many countries they give free access to.

The index was compiled by global financial advisory firm Arton Capital, using government data from 193 countries and six territories.

The United States and United Kingdom passports are ranked number one in the world, giving access to 147 countries each.

Myanmar, South Sudan, and Palestine are ranked lowest (80th) giving free access to only 23 countries.

South Africa is ranked 44th, giving free access to 84 countries.

The South African passports offers visa-free travelling to most SADC countries, as well as almost all South American nations (excluding Suriname, French Guiana, Mexico, Cuba, and Puerto Rico).

Here are the most powerful passports in the world:

# Country Visa-free access
1 USA
UK
 147
2 South Korea
Germany
France
 145
3 Italy
Sweden
 144
4 Singapore
Japan
Finland
Denmark
Luxembourg
Netherlands
 143
5 Switzerland
Canada
 142
6 Hungary
Ireland
Belgium
Portugal
Norway
Spain
 141
7 Malaysia
Greece
Austria
 140
8 New Zeland  139
9 Cyprus
Czech Republic
Australia
 138
10 Slovakia
Poland
 137
44 South Africa  84

The full index can be found here

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