Nigerian passport ranked 7th least valuable in Africa, 13th in the world

NIGERIAN passport allows access to only 46 countries without a visa, whereas other African countries such as Seychelles and South African passports can gain entry into 151 and 100 countries respectively without a visa.

The rating has put Nigeria in the class of countries with marginal influence in the international community, despite its recognition as a giant of Africa.

In the 2020 passport index report published by Henley & Partners, with data from International Air Transport Association (IATA); a trade association which maintains the world’s largest database of travel information, Nigerian passport is ranked 47th in Africa, making it 7th least influential in the continent and 95th in the world.

Seychelles and South Africa’s passports are ranked first and third in Africa, 26th and 59th in the world.

It cost a citizen of Seychelles about N19, 877 to secure a passport, while it cost a South African between N10,174 and N15,261 to get a travel document, depending on pages wanted in the booklet.






     

     

    Despite its low value internationally,  Nigerian passport costs at least N20,000 ($66), which is 66 percent of the new minimum wage of N30,000.

    A 32-page passport with a five-year validity costs between N22,000 and N35,000 depending on the number of days used to process it, while a 64-page passport booklet cost between N35,000 and N70,000 depending on the validity.

    However, this reality isn’t reflected in the information available on the Nigerian immigration website, which pegs the passport fee between N10,750 and N22,000, a contrast from what thousands of Nigerians reportedly pay to obtain a passport.

    Meanwhile, only 17 countries in the world can visit Nigeria without a visa. Although President Buhari in November 2019, announced that visas on arrival would be granted to all African travelers starting from January 2020, the ICIR reported how the process is different and appears rather tedious for applicants, when compared to other countries that offer the same privilege to travellers.

    Seun Durojaiye is a journalist with International Center for Investigative Reporting (ICIR).

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