South Sudan Passport Ranking
South Sudan Passport Ranking
The South Sudan passport ranking relative to other global passports is calculated by adding up the number of countries that allow South Sudan passport holders to enter without a visa (i.e. visa-free countries) and those that allow South Sudan passport holders to enter by obtaining a visa on arrival (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) or an electronic travel authorization (eTA). There are currently a total of 17 South Sudan passport visa-free countries, 24 South Sudan visa-on-arrival countries, and 1 eTA destinations.
Altogether, South Sudan passport holders can enter a total of 42 destinations—either without a visa, through a visa on arrival, or via an eTA. As a result, the South Sudan passport ranks 97 in the world.
Separate from these South Sudan visa-free countries and visa-on-arrival countries, there are 187 additional destinations which South Sudan passport holders either need a physical visa to enter or an eVisa (i.e. visa required countries).
About South Sudan
The Republic of South Sudan is a relatively new country founded in 2011. It is located in East-Central Africa, and consists of ten states. It borders Kenya, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, Sudan and Ethiopia. The most important states are Jonglei, Central Equatoria and Warrap. The South Sudan is the 19th largest country in Africa with a surface area of 619,745 square kilometers. Its climate is hot with seasonal rainfall. Its terrain is characterized by large plains in the center and north, plateaus and a swampy land in the central region.
The overall population is over 12.7 million people. The capital of the country is Juba, which is also the largest city of the country with around 525,953 inhabitants. Other important cities are Winejok, Malakal and Wau. The largest airport is Juba International Airport (JUB). It connects the country to destinations across Africa and the Middle East.
South Soudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011. Its culture is dominated by a mix of traditions from multiple ethnic groups. The main religions of the are Animist, Christianity and Islam. The official language of the nation is English. The legal system is based on the civil law. The government form is a presidential republic. President Salva Kiir Mayardit is the elected chief of state and the head of government. Elections take place every 5 years.
The official currency is the South Sudanese pound (SSP) with the current exchange rate being SSD 55 to the USD. South Sudan has an open economy, generating a GDP of approximately $18.4 billion. This makes it the 28h largest economy in Africa. It has a per capita income of $1,420. The main GDP contributing sectors are services and agriculture. The key export products of the country are maize, rice, millet, wheat and sugarcane. The nation’s economy is very underdeveloped and struggling to recover after the war for independence and the ongoing civil war.
South Sudan is a developing tourism destination. It is known for its wildlife and nature. There are no UNESCO world heritage sites. The main tourist activities are animal watching and hiking. Some destinations are the Boma National Park, Wau, the Southern National Park, the Kidepo Game Reserve, the Bandingilo national park the capital Juba, and the Ez Zeraf Game Reserve. The number of yearly tourism visitors is not known but the government is aiming to attract more tourists in the future by starting infrastructure improvements.