With historical data spanning 18 years, the Henley Passport Index is the only one of its kind based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Authority (IATA). The index includes 199 different passports and 227 different travel destinations. Updated quarterly, the Henley Passport Index is considered the standard reference tool for global citizens and sovereign states when assessing where a passport ranks on the global mobility spectrum.
The index is ranked quarterly in terms of travel power. Each passport was scored on the total number of destinations that the holder can access visa-free. South Africa placed 52nd out of 104 countries with a visa-free score of 106. South African ranked just below Turkey (114) and just above Qatar (103). That means there are 106 countries around the world that a South African passport holder can visit visa-free.
The index found that the Singapore passport was the most powerful with a visa-free score of 192, followed by Germany, Italy and Spain in a tie for second with 190. Afghanistan sits at the bottom of the list with a score of 27.
These are the number of countries South Africa passport holders can visit per region:
- Africa – 35
- Americas – 18
- Asia – 17
- Caribbean – 16
- Europe – 4
- Middle East – 7
- Oceania – 9