Angola Passport Ranking
The Angolan passport currently ranks on the 90th place according to the Guide Passport Ranking Index. It provides visa-free access to 50 countries. The Passport Ranking has been fluctuating over the years. In 2006 was ranked at 77th and 99th in 2015. The government makes steady efforts of enhancing international relations, especially through oil trading agreements. Angolan passport holders have visa-free and visas on arrival access to countries such as Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Iran. Angolan passport holders do however require a visa to enter 176 destinations in the world. This high visa requirement results in a low mobility score.
The Republic of Angola is a former Portuguese colony. Located in sub Saharan Africa, consists of 18 provinces. It borders Namibia, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The most important provinces are Luanda, Huila and Benguela. Angola is the 7th largest country in Africa with a surface area of 1.2 million square kilometers. Its climate is mostly tropical with only two seasons. The rainy season is from November to April and the dry season from May to October.
The overall population is 31.1 million people. The capital of the country is Luanda, which is also the most populous city with 2.5 million inhabitants. Other important cities of the country are Lubango, Huambo and Benguela. The largest airport is Quatro de Fevereiro Airport (LAD). It has an approximate yearly passenger traffic of 5.6 million people. It connects Luanda to destinations across Africa, Europe and Latin America.
Angola gained independence from Portugal in 1975. Its culture is dominated by the Portuguese heritage. The catholic Christianity is the most dominant religion. The official language of the country is Portuguese, making it the second largest Portuguese speaking country in the world. Tribal dialects and languages are still widespread. The legal system is based on the Portuguese civil law. There is no judicial review of legislation. The government form is a democracy with Joao Manuel Goncalves as elected president.
The official currency of the country is the Kwanza (AOA) with the current exchange rate being AOA 663 to the USD. Angola has an open economy, generating a GDP of approximately $208 billion. This makes it the 3rd largest economy in Sub Saharan Africa. It has a per capita income of $6,850. 97% of the nation’s GDP is originating from the oil and gas sector. That is why is one of the sole sources of income for the government. The mining of diamonds is also incredibly important for the economy.
The Republic of Angola is an exciting tourism destination offering several attractions. It is known for its vast wildlife and safari tours in various national parks. Some of the major destinations are Kissama national park, the Tunda Vala Fissure, Dilolo Lake and the Dala Waterfalls. The majority of the 220,000 yearly tourism visitors is originating from the neighboring African countries and Europe.