A person’s ability to easily travel across international borders is often determined by one’s financial background and even one’s profession.
But in most cases, one’s nationality, which determines the country passport one uses, also affects the ease of transport.
For some people, a passport is a portal to the world. For others, it is a barrier to the travel freedom they seek, The Henley Passport Index (HRI) writes on its website.
The HRI is the most rigorous and sophisticated measure of global access. It goes beyond a simple ranking of passports to provide you with an in-depth picture of your travel freedom, including which countries you can access with which type of visa and how your passport compares to other passports.
In its latest ranking of passports and the number of visa-free or visa on arrival access it gives its holders, Japan’s passport was adjudged the most powerful passport in the world.
Holders of the Japanese passport can travel to 190 countries on either visa-free or visa on arrival requirements. Those 190 countries include France, Germany, Australia, Canada, USA, among others.
Meanwhile, with visa-free or visa on arrival access to 63 countries and territories, Ghana came in as the 78th most powerful passport in the world out of the ranking of 199 countries and territories.
Though South Africa recently announced that is was lifting visa restrictions on Ghanaian travellers, SA was not added to the list of Ghana’s visa-free countries because that has not been formalised yet. As it is, it’s still an intention and it hasn’t come into force yet.
Below is the full list of countries you can travel to with no visa requirement if you’re travelling with a Ghanaian passport today.
Countries with asterisks demand visa on arrival from Ghanaian passport holders.
Macao (SAR China)*
Cape Verde Islands
Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
The British Virgin Islands
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
Happy travelling, we hope Ghana government will continue to negotiate visa-free access for more Ghanaians.