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Nigerian passport declined in global ranking

Nigerian passport declined in global ranking
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Nigeria’s passport has declined 38 spots in the world passport rating.

A recent report from the Henley Passport Index, an international standard for passport evaluation, indicates that Nigeria’s passport has declined 38 spots in the world passport rating during the last 17 years. The Nigerian passport dropped from the 62nd most useful in 2006 to the 100th in 2022 despite being valid in 11 more countries. This demonstrates a consistent weakening across the 199 countries and 227 tourist hotspots that were analyzed. The Henley Passport Index ranks passports based on the number of countries its holders have visa-free or visa-on-arrival entry.

Nigerian citizens need a visa on arrival or an electronic visa to visit over 181 countries and territories. This is despite the fact that the number of countries that recognize the green passport has increased from 35 in 2006 to 46 in 2018. As of the time of this study, the following countries granted Nigerians visa-free, visa-on-arrival, or e-visa access: Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Cabo Verde, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Maur, among others.

Limited visa-free travel reflects Nigeria’s internal problems.

Several variables contribute to a country’s rise or decline in the Henley Passport Index international ranking, which is based on information from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). This presupposes making strides to modernize the visa procedures and enhance border security in addition to strengthening diplomatic ties with other countries. Experts, on the other hand, argued that the robustness of the Nigerian passport is merely portraying the internal issues that the country is currently facing.

Also, Charles Onunaiju, director of research at the Centre for China Studies in Abuja, flatly stated that the limited visa-free travel opportunities for Nigerians are a reflection of the country’s internal problems under the current leadership. He said that the nation of Nigeria is suffering a number of problems as its residents, especially the youths, leave in quest of better opportunities abroad. According to Onunaiju, most embassies now apply rules to Nigerians that they don’t apply to other nations because they believe Nigerians are anxious to migrate.

The ranking may not properly reflect a passport’s strength.

Furthermore, Onunaiju noted that this catastrophic condition arose from the incapacity of the administration to harness the tremendous human resources present in the nation. Nigeria initially needs to intervene to improve the nation in order to get more respect and esteem from outsiders. However, the Nigeria Immigration Service is responsible for granting passports and is thinking in a distinct cause of action, he claimed. Mobility without the need for a visa is mainly the result of bilateral agreements reached between nations and among various regional blocs.

Meanwhile, NIS spokesperson Amos Okpu clarified that the ranking is based on passport admissibility, which means it is highly a function of mutual understanding and reciprocity among countries and thus may not accurately reflect the actual robustness of a passport, citing the EU and the ECOWAS as examples. Okpu acknowledged Henley & Partners’ dedication and effort in compiling the information, but he stressed the need to invest in Nigeria’s passport technology to guarantee conformity with ICAO regulations.

NIS’s priority is meeting ICAO’s standards and requirements.

Okpu noted that Nigeria’s status as an ICAO Public Key Directory member since April 2009 gives it a prominent place within the international community. Electronic Machine-Readable Travel Documents like e-Passports, e-ID cards, and Visible Digital Seals all need to be authenticated before they can be used, and the Public Key Directory is where this information is shared and exchanged. Okpu said definitively that the NIS’s main priority is to meet ICAO standards and include different passport security requirements in the database.


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18 days ago

Nigerian passport declined in global rankingNigeria’s passport has declined 38 spots in the world passport rating. – Express your point of view.

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17 days ago

With what is happening in Nigeria the declining of Nigerian passport acceptance and access to visa free on arrival in 39 countries is expected to happen since our government is corrupt and incompetent.

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17 days ago

Imagine our passport declining 38 spots in terms of strength of its passport rating this is such a disgrace considering the fact that we are the most populous nation in Africa but yet most corrupt.

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17 days ago

The Henley Passport Index places passports in order based on the number of countries that its holders are able to enter without a visa or with a visa obtained upon arrival.

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17 days ago

Nigerian green dropping in global ranking is due to various factors which are the insecurity in the land ,bad political leadership amongst others.

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17 days ago

It is unfortunate that people of Nigeria must obtain a visa upon arrival or an electronic visa in order to travel to any of the more than 181 nations and territories in the world.

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17 days ago

The Henley Passport Index is an international ranking that is based on statistics provided by the International Air Transport Association. The rise or fall of a country in this ranking can be attributed to a number of different factors.

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17 days ago

The toughness of the Nigerian passport is nothing more than a representation of the internal problems that the country is dealing with at the moment.

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17 days ago

Mobility that does not require a visa is mostly the consequence of bilateral agreements that have been struck between countries and among a variety of regional blocs.

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17 days ago

A country’s position in the Henley Passport Index international ranking, which is based on data from the International Air Transport Association, is affected by a number of factors (IATA).

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17 days ago

Since many embassies assume that citizens of Nigeria are eager to leave the country, they have begun applying regulations to Nigerians that are not enforced against citizens of other nations.

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17 days ago

It is encouraging that the primary objective of the NIS is to adhere to the standards established by the ICAO and incorporate a variety of passport security needs into the database.

Abusi
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17 days ago

Our passport has become so weak in nature. We don’t have a very strong passport anymore. We even need to have visas just to go to some African countries now. It’s so unfortunate

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17 days ago

The issues with our passports is just a reflection of numerous challenges the country is battling internally. Due to the corruption in our government, it is expected that fewer countries will accept Nigerian passports and grant visa-free entry to travelers from 39 countries.

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17 days ago

It is encouraging that the primary objective of the NIS is to adhere to the standards established by the ICAO and incorporate a variety of passport security needs into the database.

Member
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17 days ago

This is not good out passport been decline in 38 spot out passpart decline in global rating it should how bad our country is and no sign of improvement we are not been recognize globally

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17 days ago

Many embassies have started enforcing rules against Nigerians that are not enforced against nationals of other countries because they think that Nigerians want to leave the country.

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17 days ago

Sometimes I shed tears for this bad and corrupt government that have show no pity for it citizens.

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16 days ago

Many embassies apply regulations to Nigerians that they don’t apply to other nationals since they presume they want to leave.

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16 days ago

A visa, either on arrival or electronically, is required for citizens of Nigeria to visit any of the more than 181 countries and territories in the world.

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16 days ago

The stringent requirements placed on Nigerian passports are nothing more than a reflection of the many internal challenges that the country is currently attempting to overcome.

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