Kenyan passport ranks eight most powerful Africa and 72 globally despite slipping down three places as compared to last year.
The ranking by Henley & Partners, a citizenship and planning firm indicates that Kenyan citizens can freely travel to 72 countries without visas from a possible 218.
Seychelles leads in Africa with an access to 151 countries followed by South Africa, Mauritius, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, and Swaziland.
Globally, Japan takes the lead with 190 countries to access followed by other giant countries like Germany and France taking the third position with 188 countries access.
“Kenya ranked 72nd in 2019 with 71 destinations visa-free access,” says the report that is produced in partnership with International Air Transport Association (IATA).
“As the world economy has become increasingly globalized, the need for greater visa-free access has grown steadily,” said the report.
Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Indonesia, Botswana, Hong Kong, Jamaica, and Fiji are some of the countries that Kenyan passport allows one access to without a Visa.
Countries linked to terrorism like Syria, Somali, Pakistan, Iraq, and Afghanistan rank last with their citizens being required to have visas for them to access a majority of the countries.
The latest report shows that most countries registered an increase in the countries their passports access and attributed this to the implementation of flexible policies controlling travel, immigration, and trade.
“The general spread of open-door policies has the potential to contribute billions to the global economy, as well as create significant employment opportunities around the world.
South Korea and the United Arab Emirates’ recent ascent in the rankings are further examples of what happens when countries take a proactive foreign affairs approach, an attitude which significantly benefits their citizens as well as the international community,” the report read in part.
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