In a new survey produced by Henley & Partners, a London-based global citizenship and residence advice organization, the Nigerian passport was placed 98th out of 199 countries.
According to the quarterly passport index, which is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association, which maintains the world’s largest database of travel information, the Nigerian passport now ranks below that of other African countries such as Malawi, Niger, Chad, Zimbabwe, Uganda, and The Gambia.
The passports of 199 countries with 227 travel locations were analyzed for the Q1 2022 index, which graded them based on global access and mobility.
Each passport is given a score based on the number of visa-free places it can visit.
If passport holders can get a visa on arrival, a visitor’s permission, or an electronic travel authority upon entry, this also applies.
The United States and the United Kingdom rated seventh and eighth, respectively, with passports allowing access to 192 countries. Yemen, Pakistan, Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan rounded out the bottom five.
With visa-free travel to 152 countries, the Seychelles passport is the best in Africa.
Botswana and Namibia were rated second and third, respectively, with 86 and 78 countries.
Despite the fact that Nigeria improved five positions from Q4 2021, Malawi (76th), Niger (90th), Chad (90th), The Gambia (75th), Uganda (76th), Zimbabwe (78th), and Sierra Leone (80th) all placed higher than the West African country and Ethiopia (98th).