The Japanese passport has been ranked the most powerful passport in the world with citizens enjoying visa-free/visa-on-arrival access to 190 destinations.
According to the Henley Passport Index which depends on data provided by the International Air Transport Authority (IATA), Nigeria gained visa-free access (net-free access) to three new countries, bring its visa-free access to 47 countries.
Speaking on the methodology of the ranking, Henley said: “For each travel destination, if no visa is required for passport holders from a country or territory, then a score with value = 1 is created for that passport.
“A score with value = 1 is also applied if passport holders can obtain a visa on arrival, a visitor’s permit, or an electronic travel authority (ETA) when entering the destination. These visa-types require no pre-departure government approval, because of the specific visa-waiver programs in place.
“Where a visa is required, or where a passport holder has to obtain a government-approved electronic visa (e-Visa) before departure, a score with value = 0 is assigned. A score with value = 0 is also assigned if passport holders need pre-departure government approval for a visa on arrival, a scenario we do not consider ‘visa-free’.”
Cape Verde Islands
Comores Islands *
Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
* Samoa *
St. Kitts and Nevis
Countries with asterisk require visa on arrival.
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