SA’s passport is Africa’s third-most hassle-free travel document offering visa-free access to 98 countries. First is the Seychelles (137) followed by Mauritius (131)
A South African passport gives holders visa-less access to 98 countries, making it the 55th most hassle-free travel document, according to a ranking by global residence and citizenship consultants Henley & Partners.
Germany has the most convenient passport, guaranteeing entry to 176 countries, followed by Sweden, on 175; Denmark, Finland, Italy, Spain and the US on 174; and Austria, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore and the UK on 173.
Perhaps not surprisingly, passports propping up the free-movement table are trouble hotspots in the Middle East and Asia. Bottom of the pile is Afghanistan, whose passport gains visa-free entry to 24 countries, followed by Iraq 27, Pakistan 28, Syria 29 and Somalia 30.
Jersey-based Henley’s Visa Restrictions Index is compiled in partnership with the International Air Transport Association. Results for 2017 were published on Tuesday.
This is the second year that Germany has headed the list. Before that, the UK was top from 2013 to 2015.
SA’s passport is Africa’s third-most hassle-free travel document. First is the Seychelles, with 137 followed by Mauritius with 131. After SA come Namibia 71, Kenya 69, Ghana 59 and Morocco 58.
The numbers differ slightly from a previous study released a few weeks ago by residence consultancy Arton Capital. It also had Germany top, but with 158 visa-free destinations. According to Arton, a South African passport cleared the way to 90 countries.
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