The Nigerian passport is ranked 101st out of 199 countries, according to the ranking made by the Henley Passport Index, described as the original and authoritative ranking of all passports in the world.
The index ranks passports according to the number of destinations that their holders can access without a visa.
Henley and Partners, a global citizenship and residency consultancy firm based in London, UK, explained that the index was based on proprietary data from the International Air Transport Association – the database of largest and most accurate travel information.
Japan is number one on the list, followed by Singapore for second, and South Korea and Germany tied for third. Italy, Finland, Spain and Luxembourg occupy the fourth position, while Denmark and Austria round out the top five.
The company, on July 6, said: “With the Tokyo 2020 Olympics postponed in a few weeks and the country in a ‘near’ state of emergency, Japan nonetheless maintains its number one position on the HPI – which is based on proprietary IATA data – with a theoretical visa-free / visa-on-arrival score of 193.
“While the dominance of European passports in the top 10 has been a given for most of the Index’s 16-year history, the preeminence of three Asian states – Japan, Singapore and South Korea – has become new standard.
“Singapore remains in second place, with a visa-free / visa-on-arrival score of 192, and South Korea continues to share third place with Germany, each with a score of 191.”
Seychelles (28th) leads all African countries on the list, followed by Mauritius (31st), South Africa (57th), Botswana (66th), Namibia (72nd), Lesotho ( 73rd), Eswatini (75th), Malawi (76th), Kenya and Tanzania (77th), Zambia and Tunisia (78th), Gambia (80th), Uganda and Cape Verde (81st).
The African countries which surpassed Nigeria were also Zimbabwe (83rd), Ghana and Morocco (84th), Sierra Leone and Mozambique (85th), Benin (86th), São Tomé and Príncipe and Rwanda (87th) ), Mauritania (88th), Burkina Faso (89th), Gabon (90th) and Côte d’Ivoire (91st).
The others were Senegal, Madagascar and Equatorial Guinea (92nd), Togo and Guinea (93rd), Niger, Mali, Comoros and Chad (94th), Guinea-Bissau, Central African Republic and Algeria (95th), Egypt, Burundi and Angola (96th), Liberia and Cameroon (97th), Republic of Congo (98th) and Djibouti (99th).
Nigeria beat only seven countries on the continent, namely Ethiopia (102nd), South Sudan (103rd), Eritrea and the Democratic Republic of Congo (104th), Sudan (106th), Libya (107th) and Somalia (111th).