maxaa kala socotaa passport Soomaaliga - African passports: The powerful, the weak and the (now) barred from the US

maxaa kala socotaa passport Soomaaliga - African passports: The powerful, the weak and the (now) barred from the US

iftineducation.com - On Friday US President Donald Trump signed an executive order that barred citizens of seven nations from accessing a US visa to enter the country, effective immediately. Among these are citizens of the African countries Libya, Sudan and Somalia.





These countries already have some of Africa’s weakest passports, according to the Arton Capital’s Passport Index, which ranks national passports by how easily they can visit other territories – either without a visa or with a visa on arrival. There are only 37 countries globally a Libyan passport has easy access to, while there are 36 for Sudan and 30 for Somalia (which is ranked the country with the weakest passport in Africa and fifth-weakest in the world).
Interestingly these African countries are also some of the world’s least welcoming – meaning they don’t allow many others in visa-free or visa-on-arrival. Somalia is one of only three countries in the world that does not offer any foreign travellers hassle-free entry. Libya only allows three countries (Jordon, Turkey and Tunisia) easy passage, while Sudan admits 10 countries.
Africa’s most powerful and weakest passports
According to the index, citizens from Seychelles hold the most powerful passport in Africa, with the ability to easily access 126 countries globally.
Mauritius has the second-strongest passport (with admittance to 118 markets), followed by South Africa (90), Botswana (69) and Lesotho (66).
Both Seychelles and Rwanda are the biggest gainers in Africa, meaning their passports have strengthened the most when compared to 2016. Each now have painless entry to two extra countries. For example, Rwandan passport holders can now access 48 territories, compared to 46 last year.
After Somalia, Ethiopia and South Sudan have the second-weakest passports – both with easy entry to only 34 countries. Africa’s most populous nation and largest economy, Nigeria, also ranks poorly compared to other countries on the continent, with access to only 41 territories.
Ghana’s passport is Africa’s biggest loser, with admission to four less countries than it had in 2016.
COUNTRY
VISA-FREE SCORE
GLOBAL PASSPORT POWER RANK
Seychelles
126
25
Mauritius
118
32
South Africa
90
48
Botswana
69
59
Lesotho
66
61
Malawi
65
62
Swaziland
64
63
Namibia
64
63
Kenya
64
63
Gambia
63
64
Cape Verde
63
64
Tanzania
62
65
Tunisia
61
66
Zambia
59
68
Zimbabwe
58
69
Ghana
57
70
Uganda
57
70
Sierra Leone
56
71
Morocco
55
72
Benin
55
72
Guinea
54
73
Côte d’Ivoire
54
73
Senegal
53
74
São Tomé e Príncipe
53
74
Burkina Faso
52
75
Mauritania
52
75
Mali
51
76
Togo
50
77
Niger
49
78
Madagascar
49
78
Mozambique
48
79
Rwanda
48
79
Chad
48
79
Gabon
48
79
Egypt
48
79
Guinea-Bissau
47
80
Algeria
47
80
Comoros
47
80
Liberia
44
83
Central African Republic
44
83
Angola
43
84
Cameroon
43
84
Congo
43
84
Equatorial Guinea
43
84
Burundi
42
85
Nigeria
41
86
Djibouti
40
87
Democratic Republic of Congo
39
88
Libya
37
90
Eritrea
36
91
Sudan
36
91
South Sudan
34
93
Ethiopia
34
93
Somalia
30
94
Africa’s most welcoming and unwelcoming countries
Africa’s most welcoming countries are Seychelles, Uganda, Togo, Mozambique, Mauritania, Madagascar, Comoros, and Guinea-Bissau – all allowing 98 different national passports effortless passage.
After Somalia, Equatorial Guinea (which only allows US passport holders visa-free access) and Angola (which only allows easy entry to citizens of Namibia and Cape Verde) are the second and third least-welcoming countries in Africa.
Last year the African Union introduced a single African passport, although this is still only available to a few high-profile individuals. However, the end goal is to improve access to different African countries for the average African. Only 13 of 55 African countries offer visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to all Africans, according to the Africa Visa Openness Report 2016, commissioned by the African Development Bank (AfDB). It is actually less painful for Americans to travel within Africa than it generally is for Africans. For example, Nigerian business magnate Aliko Dangote pointed out last year that it is easier for US citizens to travel to South Africa for business than it is for him – as Nigerians have to apply for a visa while Americans are granted visa-free access.
COUNTRY
GLOBAL RANK
WELCOMING COUNTRIES SCORE
Comoros
1
198
Guinea-Bissau
1
198
Madagascar
1
198
Mauritania
1
198
Mozambique
1
198
Seychelles
1
198
Togo
1
198
Uganda
1
198
Cape Verde
2
197
Djibouti
4
195
Kenya
10
182
Tanzania
12
178
Mauritius
13
176
Malawi
22
146
Zambia
26
135
Gambia
28
125
Senegal
29
123
Zimbabwe
33
119
Egypt
34
116
Botswana
42
103
Swaziland
49
93
Tunisia
49
93
South Africa
62
74
Lesotho
63
72
Morocco
65
70
Burkina Faso
67
67
Rwanda
69
63
Namibia
73
54
São Tomé e Príncipe
74
53
Ghana
75
52
Ethiopia
80
41
Côte d’Ivoire
85
21
Guinea
85
21
Mali
86
20
Niger
87
19
Sierra Leone
87
19
Nigeria
88
18
Benin
89
17
Liberia
90
16
Central African Republic
91
14
Congo
91
14
Chad
92
13
Sudan
94
10
Algeria
96
8
Democratic Republic of Congo
97
7
Burundi
99
5
Cameroon
99
5
South sudan
99
5
Gabon
100
4
Eritrea
101
3
Libya
101
3
Angola
102
2
Equatorial Guinea
103
1
Somalia
104
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