The Ghanaian passport dipped one place to 78th on the 2020 Henley Passport Index, which periodically measures the world’s most travel-friendly passports.
According to Henley Passport Index, the Ghanaian passport provides visa-free/visa on arrival access to 65 destinations across Asia, Africa, Caribbean, Oceania, Americas and the Middle East while 161 destinations required a visa from Ghanaian nationals.
Ghana’s highest ranking on the index came in 2006 when it placed 53rd.
Below is a list of destinations that offer visa-free/visa-on-arrival access to Ghanaian passport holders
- Macao (SAR China)
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde Islands
- Comores Islands
- Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
- Eswatini (Swaziland)
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa*
- Cook Islands
- Palau Islands
- British Virgin Islands
- St. Kitts and Nevis
- St. Lucia
- St. Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
*Evethou the index lists South Africa among the destinations with visa-free access to Ghanaian passport holders, the two countries are yet to finalise the agreement.
The highest-ranked passport in Africa was that of Seychelles, which offers visa-free access to 151 countries followed by Mauritius (146 countries).
The Japanese passport was first on the index, offering visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to an incredible 191 destinations around the world.
The index is dominated by Asia, with Singapore in second place and South Korea tied with Germany in third place.
The top ten is completed by European countries, with Finland and Spain in fourth place, Spain, Luxembourg and Denmark coming fifth, and Sweden and France placing sixth.
The US and the US now hold joint eighth place.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan has the weakest passport, which offers visa-free/visa-on-arrival access to just 26 destinations.
The best passports to hold in 2020 are:
1. Japan (191 destinations)
2. Singapore (190)
3. South Korea, Germany (189)
4. Italy, Finland (188)
5. Spain, Luxembourg, Denmark (187)
6. Sweden, France (186)
7. Switzerland, Portugal, Netherlands, Ireland, Austria (185)
8. United States, United Kingdom, Norway, Greece, Belgium (184)
9. New Zealand, Malta, Czech Republic, Canada, Australia (183)
10. Slovakia, Lithuania, Hungary (181)
The worst passports to hold:
100. North Korea, Sudan (39 destinations)
101. Nepal, Palestinian Territory (38)
102. Libya (37)
103. Yemen (33)
104. Somalia, Pakistan (32)
105. Syria (29)
106. Iraq (28)
107. Afghanistan (26)
About the Henley Passport Index
The Henley Passport Index is the original ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa.
The ranking is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which maintains the world’s largest and most accurate database of travel information, and enhanced by ongoing research by the Henley & Partners Research Department.