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Eritrea, Somalia have world s least powerful passports

Eritrea and Somalia are among the least powerful passports globally, according to the 2019 Henley Passport Index. Eritrea which has visa-free access to 38 destinations and Somalia with visa-free access to a paltry 32 countries, were named in the bottom 5 globally, alongside Afghanistan (30 destinations), Iraq (30), Syria (32), Pakistan (33) and Yemen (37). The ranking by Henley Partners, a citizenship and planning firm, takes into account how many countries can be visited without applying for a visa. It is done in partnership with International Air Transport Association (IATA). ALSO READ: Benin, Seychelles ranked most visa-open African nations According to the ranking, global mobility is rising, as citizens of different countries can can travel to 107 destinations visa-free, as of 2018, compared to just 58 in 2006. Japan has the most powerful passport globally, with its citizens enjoying visa-free access to 190 destinations. The most powerful passports in Africa are Seychelles, South Africa, Mauritius, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Kenya, Gambia, Tanzania and Zambia. Africa’s Top 5 Seychelles: 151 destinations visa-free South Africa: 101 destinations visa-free Mauritius: 145 destinations visa-free Botswana: 82 destinations visa-free Namibia: 75 destinations visa-free READ MORE: 2019 Henley Passport Index

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