The Moroccan passport is not the one that opens the most doors either in the Africa region or in its sub-region, North Africa, according to an international ranking. Morocco still has a long way to go for its passport to allow better mobility for its inhabitants.
For the year 2022, Morocco remains in the middle of the world ranking of passports which open the possibility of traveling to the greatest number of countries and territories in the world. He is above the average of 99.
The Kingdom is ranked 79th in the world out of 199 countries listed by The Henley Passport index. The ranking lists the passports of 199 countries and territories and their opening of 227 destinations, visa-free.
At the continental level, the Moroccan passport is not ranked in the top 10. These first places go almost entirely to the countries of South Africa. With in first place the Seychelles islands (one of the luxury and most expensive destinations in the world) ranked 28th in the world and gives access to 152 countries.
Mauritius in second place is ranked 31st in the world and its passport gives access to 146 countries, while South Africa in 3rd place, is ranked 51st in the world and its passport gives easy access to 104 countries without visa.
They are followed by Botswana (60th worldwide and access to 86 countries), Namibia (66th worldwide and access to 78 countries), Lesotho (67th worldwide and access to 77 countries), eSwatini (69th worldwide and access to 74 countries), Malawi (70th globally and access to 73 countries), Kenya (71st globally and access to 72 countries), and Tanzania in 10th place (71st globally also access to 72 countries).
In the North Africa region, Morocco is ranked 2nd giving access to 64 countries. It comes after Tunisia ranked 72nd in the world or 11th in Africa. The Tunisian passport gives access to 71 countries without a visa.
Mauritania is ranked 3rd in the region at 84th in the world with access to 59 countries, Algeria is 4th occupying the 91st in the world with access to 52 countries.
Libya features in the list of least favored passport countries in Africa with visa-free access to 40 countries and a global ranking of 103rd.
As for the countries with passports that almost do not need a visa, they are not necessarily those that are expected at the level of the first places in the ranking. Indeed the United States is only ranked 6th in the world and the countries of the European Union are not all in the same boat, with small differences.
Japan and Singapore take first place in the ranking with visa-free access to 192 destinations worldwide, followed by Germany (190 destinations), South Korea, Finland, Italy, Luxembourg , Spain, all ranked 3rd in the world.
France ranks 4th in the world, providing access to 188 destinations, alongside Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden.
Finally, the countries with the least favored passports in the world are North Korea, Nepal, Palestine, Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan.