SA Passport most desirable in Africa

South Africa has the most valuable passport on the African Continent, while Germany takes the lead in the world with Singapore in second place. National passports rank in desirability by the cross-border access they bring, assigning a “visa-free score” according to the number of countries a passport holder can visit visa-free or with visa on arrival.

*Germany* takes the lead with a visa-free score of 157. Singapore overtakes South Korea and becomes the highest ranked Asian passport, with a visa-free score of 156, coming second.

*South Africa* is the leading country on the African continent, with a score of 90, which ranks South Africa 49th in the table, followed by Botswana with a score of 69, Lesotho with a score of 66 and Malawi with a score of 65. Whilst South Africa is ranked the most valuable passport in Africa it should be noted that its passport is less valuable than countries such as the Russian Federation and Albania.

Lowest-scoring African countries are Nigeria (41), Ethiopia (34) and Somalia, while the world’s least desirable passport goes again to Afghanistan, with a score of just 23. Pakistan (26) and Sri Lanka (35). The Marshall Islands are on top of the winners’ list by adding 35 countries to its visa-free score. Palau, Micronesia, follow with 34 additional countries, while Solomon Islands and Tuvalu added 33. Peru is the biggest winner in South America with additional 31 countries.

The newly added World Openness Score (WOS) tracks the progression of freedom of mobility across the globe. The world openness score in 2016 was 17 925. In the first few days of 2017, the score has increased to 17 948. This trend shows opening of borders but will it continue? With the recent backlash against globalisation and ongoing immigration issues, the World Openness Score may be in danger of decline.

The comparison tool also has a newly added Improve function, which demonstrates how the addition of one or more passports to an existing travel document can improve the holder’s Global Mobility Score (GMS).

For example, a Lebanese citizen has a GMS of 38. However, by adding a passport of Saint Lucia, their Global Mobility Score increases drastically to 123, which would represent the possibility of visa-free travel to over 61% of the countries we examine. For many people, this is priceless.

Whilst the South African passport is the most valuable on the African continent it doesn’t perform well against most other countries around the world. As such, we are generating far more interest from South Africa; having a second citizenship has never been more relevant.

In recent years, citizenship by investment has become a US$ 2bn industry, with over 20 000 investors seeking a second residency or citizenship around the globe very year.

h3. New Top 10 Passport Power Ranking:

1. 157 – Germany
2. 156 – Singapore, Sweden
3. 155 – Denmark, Finland, France, Spain, Switzerland, Norway, UK, USA
4. 154 – Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Luxembourg, Portugal, Japan
5. 153 – Malaysia, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand
6. 152 – Greece, South Korea, Australia
7. 151 – Czech Republic, Iceland
8. 150 – Hungary
9. 149 – Malta, Poland
10. 148 – Slovenia, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia

h3. New Top 10 Individual Passport Power Ranking:

1. Germany
2. Singapore
3. Sweden
4. Denmark
5. Finland
6. France
7. Spain
8. Switzerland
9. Norway
10. United Kingdom

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