The Moroccan passport gains power

Morocco has improved its position in the World Passport Ranking, which measures the ease of traveling around the world. According to the Henley Passport Index, published by the consulting firm Henley & Partners, the Moroccan passport now ranks 73rd out of 199 countries, with visa-free access to 67 destinations. This result represents an increase of two places compared to last year, and six places compared to 2019. The Moroccan passport thus ranks ahead of those of several African countries, such as Algeria (88th), Tunisia (81st) or Egypt (95th). It is also tied with Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe. Among Arab countries, the United Arab Emirates dominates the ranking, with a passport that opens the doors to 179 countries without a visa. They are followed by Kuwait (58th), Qatar (59th) and Bahrain (63rd). Morocco ranks ninth regionally. Read also: The “eVisa” of Morocco: A brilliant record of a year of operations At the global level, Singapore holds the most powerful passport, allowing its citizens to travel to 192 countries without a visa. It is ahead of Japan (191), South Korea and Germany (190). Conversely, Afghanistan occupies the last place in the ranking, with visa-free access to only 27 countries. The Henley Passport Index is based on data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which lists the entry regulations for each country. It also takes into account the restrictions linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, which have strongly affected international mobility. According to Henley & Partners, the general trend is towards greater freedom to travel, despite health obstacles. The average number of destinations accessible to visa-free travelers has almost doubled in 17 years, from 58 in 2006 to 109 in 2023. However, the global mobility gap between first and last in the rankings is now wider than ever. Singapore passport holders can access more than seven times as many destinations as Afghan passport holders. The consultancy points out that the power of a passport is an indicator of a country’s level of economic and social development, as well as its ability to establish diplomatic and trade relations with other nations.