65 countries with visa-free access to Ghanaian passport holders

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

  1. Bangladesh
  2. Cambodia 
  3. Indonesia
  4. Macao (SAR China) 
  5. Maldives 
  6. Pakistan 
  7. Philippines
  8. Singapore
  9. Timor-Leste 
  10. Benin
  11. Burkina Faso
  12. Cape Verde Islands
  13. Comores Islands 
  14. Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
  15. Eswatini (Swaziland)
  16. Ethiopia 
  17. Gambia
  18. Guinea
  19. Guinea-Bissau
  20. Kenya
  21. Liberia
  22. Madagascar 
  23. Mali
  24. Mauritania 
  25. Mauritius
  26. Mozambique 
  27. Niger
  28. Nigeria
  29. Rwanda
  30. Senegal
  31. Seychelles 
  32. Sierra Leone
  33. Somalia 
  34. South Africa*
  35. Tanzania
  36. Togo
  37. Uganda
  38. Zambia 
  39. Zimbabwe
  40. Cook Islands
  41. Fiji
  42. Micronesia
  43. Niue
  44. Palau Islands 
  45. Samoa 
  46. Tuvalu 
  47. Vanuatu
  48. Barbados
  49. British Virgin Islands
  50. Dominica
  51. Grenada
  52. Haiti
  53. Jamaica
  54. Montserrat
  55. St. Kitts and Nevis
  56. St. Lucia 
  57. St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  58. Trinidad and Tobago
  59. Belize
  60. Bolivia 
  61. Guyana
  62. Nicaragua 
  63. Iran 
  64. Jordan 
  65. Lebanon 

*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.

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