Top-ten Most Powerful Passports By Country Vs South Africa


A new index of 199 passports across the world shows how South Africa’s green mamba ranks as far as visa-free travel goes. For anyone who has travelled with a South African passport, it won’t be too much of a surprise that SA ranks quite low.

South Africa is ranked 44th, with visa-free access to 84 countries in total. For South Africans, visa-free travel can be found in most most SADC countries, as well as almost all South American nations.

There are also a number of countries where South Africans can get a visa on arrival, but it’s still not a touch on some of the other passports around the world. Below is a list of the top ten “power ranked” countries, based on the number of places they offer travellers visa-free access to.

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1. United Kingdom and United States

Visa free access to 147 countries

2. South Korea, Germany and France

Visa free access to 145 countries

3. Italy and Sweden

Visa free access to 144 countries

4. Singapore, Japan, Finland, Denmark, Luxembourg and Netherlands

Visa free access to 143 countries

5. Switzerland and Canada

Visa free access to 142 countries

6. Hungary, Ireland, Belgium, Portugal, Norway and Spain

Visa free access to 141 countries

7. Malaysia, Greece and Austria

Visa free access to 140 countries

8. New Zealand

Visa free access to 139 countries

9. Cyprus, Australia and Czech Republic

Visa free access to 138 countries

10. Slovakia and Poland

Visa free access to 137 countries


The worst passports to have if you want to travel are Burma, Solomon Islands, Palestinian Territories, Sao Tome and Principe  and South Sudan, all of which gives you access to just 28 countries visa-free.


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