Somalia’s passport is more powerful than those of Ethiopia, Djibouti

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Somalia – a country that is slowly recovering from more than two decades of civil war – surprisingly has a better passport than some of its neighbors in the Horn of Africa.

Financial advisory firm Arton Capital has put together a ranking of the world’s most powerful passports. The rankings are calculated by how many countries the passport holders can visit without a visa, or by getting one upon arrival.

Somalia’s passport ranks 78th place out of 80, giving passport holders access to 39 countries without an advanced visa. It ranks higher than Ethiopia, Djibouti, Afghanistan, Iraq and South Sudan.

The U.S. and U.K. passports rank number one, which give citizens of those countries access to 147 countries without an advanced visa.

Countries with the weakest passports are Solomon Islands, Myanmar, South Sudan, Sao Tome and Principe and Palestine. They rank in 80th place, giving access to just 20 countries each without an advance visa.

Kenya, which ranks 50th place, has the most powerful passport among the countries in East Africa, followed by Tanzania (57), Uganda (60), Sudan (70) Rwanda (74) and Burundi at 77.

Since 2012, Somalia’s government has launched a new era of diplomatic relations with foreign countries. It has since reopened embassies that have been closed since 1991.

With improving security conditions in Somalia, many countries such as the United Kingdom, China, the United Arab Emirates and Iran have appointed ambassadors to Somalia and reopened their embassies in Mogadishu.

The United States also has launched a new era of diplomatic relations with Somalia after it officially recognized Somalia’s government in January 2013 for the first time since 1991.

In February, President Barack Obama nominated United States’ first ambassador to Somalia since the “Black Hawk Down” incident in Mogadishu in 1993.

  • Abdi

    Forgive me, but this is absolutely ridiculous – has anybody taken a look at the actual metrics before deciding to play one upmanship with Ethiopa?! The study ranks us higher because we can visit 39 countries as opposed to bloody Ethiopa, which can only visit 38! boohoo. Most Somalis (i.e. national somalis) couldn’t even afford a trip abroad in the first place, and countless numbers are struggling from living as refugees in the very countries we’re trying to even compete with.

    I hardly ever comment, but this is by far the most ludicrous thing I’ve seen in a long time- and the only reason is because it is soo patronising to the actual somalis that live in Somalia and only have that citizenship, while some of us Diaspora worship these glorified travel passes that we own higher up the list anyway. By the way, not only is it patronizing to them, but seriously wonder how this looks to outsiders – Burkino Faso diplomats aren’t relishing in the fact that they can visit one more country than Liberia!

  • Guest

    @Abdi I think this topic is necessary and should be emphasized. I am Somali holding Somali passport living in Somalia so it is not patronizing to me at all. It is a message to Somalis going to neighboring countries because they need Ethiopian or Kenyan, and Somalis who are risking their lives through Tahrib and migration because supposedly we will not be able to travel with our own passport. So before you speak for me as Somali living in Somalia, let me speak for myself. I am against Tahrib and illegal Migration, and I traveled with the Somali Passport to 7 countries thus far and adding the 8th in a matter of days. So, Yes we need to realize the importance of our own country and stop looking for greener pastures elsewhere because it is non existent. Somalis its time to return to your country.

    • hussein ismail

      My name is Hussein ismail am Somali citizen living south Africa Johannesburg if i toke to my mind think Somali passport is more then power full other passport I have got permit getting with my passport and I use it going travelling many countries around in world and am so happy to country those countries who I visit them they got respect for me am so glad to travel with my passport Somalia is the time coming back this world thnks every one who read my topic

  • Dubai

    I am a Somalian Passport holder living in United Arab Emirates. I have visited many countries with this passport such as USA, UK, Switzerland, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Kenya, Saudia Arabia, India, Syria.. and the journey goes on .. I won’t say it is easy for the visas but its not impossible. With situation improving I hope things will get better. I also have a 3 years Canadian Visit Visa also now … but haven’t travelled there yet.

    • abdiwali hussein

      hi bro i hope u doing great ! am 4th yaer civil engineering student in china and am holding a somali passport. and one of my friends in the UAE told me he will help me get a job but then alot of people told me i cant get in the UAE with a somali passport . how can i solve this problem if there is any solution since your are in the uae? thanks fam

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