Arton Capital has released their latest passport index - and it isn't good news for South African citizens.
The index for 2017 has seen South Africa drop several ranks, meaning our passport is less powerful than before in comparison with the rest of the world.
In 2016, the SA passport had a power rank of 41, however this year our passport has a rank of 48.
The result may seem strange - as South Africans can actually enter more countries without a visa now compared to 2016. While we previously could only enter 84 countries without a visa, we now can enter 90 countries without a visa.
So our drop in the ranks is not necessarily only due to us losing access to more countries without a visa - but other countries getting significantly more visa-free destinations.
While the world's most powerful passports in 2016 were the US and UK passports - with visa-free access to 147 countries; the new top passport has access to 158 countries visa-free. The new title of world's most powerful passport now goes to Germany.
This however still poses a problem for South Africans, as while some destinations are loosening their visa restrictions, we aren't included in these new laws.
Various European destinations climbed in the ranks, including places like Sweden, Denmark, Finland and France.
However, for the South African passport to climb in the ranks, there will need to be a clamping down on corruption. Some countries cite visa requirements for the SA passport due to the high number of people travelling on forged and fake versions of this passport.
We will have a more in-depth look at the world's most and least powerful passports in an upcoming story.