A recent reshuffle of the Henley Passport Index has ranked Kenyan passport the 73rd most potent travel document in the world. The ranking, however, put Kenya the seventh among countries with the most potent passport ion Africa. The report indicated that a Kenyan passport would grant the holder visa-free and visa on arrival entry to 71 destinations.
It also reshuffled the top ranking in the world with Japan overtaking Singapore as the most potent passport in the world after gaining visa-free access to Myanmar this month. The development now grants Japan passport holder’s free entry to 190 countries compared to 189 for Singapore.
Seychelles, Mauritius and South Africa picked this year’s top three most potent passports in Africa. Seychelles and Mauritius are the only African countries who have shown impressive growth over the ten years. Globally, Seychelles and Mauritius now rank at 25 and 31 respectively while South Africa moved down to position 52.
Other countries with notable improvements globally in the first quarter of 2018 included Indonesia (71, up from 63), Georgia (111 visa-free countries, up from 99), China (70, up from 60) and Ukraine (128, up from 114).
Visa requirements have been a hot topic especially in Africa where the continent’s nations were expected to scrap it off by 2018 following adoption by member states in 2013 as part of the African Union (AU) vision and roadmap for the next 50 years.
However, to date, Seychelles is the only African nation where visa-free travel is open to continent’s nationals. A recent report from the African Union revealed that Africans could travel visa-free to just 22% of other African nations.
These revelations have provoked sensitive topics across the continent with policymakers insisting that it was the only way the continent would spur its economic growth. While responding to an interview in 2016, Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote wondered why African nations were slow to implement the AU’s resolutions.
“Somebody like me, despite the size of our group, I need 38 visas to move around Africa,” complained the Nigerian billionaire.
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