The South African passport moves up by two spots on the latest Henley Passport Index. South Africa, ranked 51 st globally, continues to occupy 3rd place in the Sub-Saharan Africa region, below Seychelles and Mauritius.
Somalia, Libya, and Eritrea sit at the bottom of the index in Africa, each only able to access 35 or fewer destinations visa-free.
The African continent accounts for 19 of the 27 countries whose scores have decreased over the past decade. However, although there is limited visa-free access outside of the continent, African states are increasingly strengthening their relationships with one another and deregulating internal visa regulations.
In a resounding demonstration of Asia’s growing power and influence on the world stage, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea now hold joint top spot on the Henley Passport Index.
Afghanistan and Iraq remain at the bottom of the ranking with a score of just 30.