Henley & Partners, a London-based global citizenship and residency consultancy, has released its ranking of all passports in the world based on the number of destinations its holders can access without a prior visa. A ranking that places Morocco 79th in the world alongside Cuba.
Based on proprietary data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Henley Passport IndexWho has considered 199 passports and 227 destinations, the Moroccan passport allows its holder to travel to 64 countries without a visa or to obtain a visa once he arrives at these destinations. The more countries that do not require a visa, the higher the country’s ranking.
Morocco ranks 15th in Africa, behind Seychelles (28), Mauritius (31), South Africa (54), Botswana (62), Namibia (68), Lesotho (69), Swaziland (71), Malawi (72), Kenya. (73rd), Tanzania, Tunisia, Zambia (74th), The Gambia (75th), Uganda (76th), Cape Verde (77th), Ghana and Zimbabwe (78th).
In the Maghreb, Morocco comes second after Tunisia (74) whose passport gives access to 71 destinations. Mauritania ranks 84th in the world in third place, as its passport gives its holder the right to access without a prior visa to 59 destinations, while the Algerian passport, which is ranked fourth in the Maghreb, allows access to 51 destinations, giving Algeria the 92nd rank at the level of the world. As for Libya (ranked 104th in the world), its passport only allows access to 38 destinations without prior visas, as the report continues.
The Henley & Partners Index is dominated by European passports, which occupy the top 20, although two Asian countries are at the top of the podium. Thus, Japan and Singapore come first and second, with their passports, respectively, granting access to 191 and 190 destinations without prior visas. Germany (189 destinations), South Korea and Finland (188) closed higher. Yemen and Somalia (106 and 33 destinations) and Pakistan, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan (110 and 26 destinations) are at the bottom of the ranking.