Kenyan passport ranking slips down

Kenya citizens can travel to 71 countries without visas out of a possible 218. Photo: Nation Media Group.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – Kenyan’s passport has been ranked the number eighth in Africa, this is according to a new research conducted by Henley and Partners.

The research mentioned that Kenya slipped down three places compared to the previous years.

Henley & Partners is a citizenship and planning firm, takes into account how many countries can be visited without applying for a visa.

Kenya citizens can travel to 71 countries without visas out of a possible 218, ranking behind Seychelles, South Africa, Mauritius, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland.

Globally, Kenya was in position 72, which is an improvement from last year’s 73, in a ranking that placed Japan on the top, with the Japanese citizens able to travel to a record 190 countries without visas.

“Kenya ranked 72nd in 2019 with 71 destination visa free access,” reads the report that is produced in partnership with International Air Transport Association (IATA).

“As the world economy has become increasingly globalised, the need for greater visa-free access has grown steadily.”

Among other countries, Kenyans can access without visa or get one on arrival include Singapore, Hong Kong, Jamaica and Fiji, among others.

In the Eastern Africa region, Kenya is ahead of its peers with Ethiopia, arguably the fastest growing economy in the region, ranked among the bottom five in Africa.

A recent survey by the African continental body showed East Africa tops in free movement of people in the region, affirming the gains of an open visa scheme for the continent aimed at spurring trade and tourism.

It has been widely publicised, with the African Union Commission voicing the need for countries to follow Kenya’s example.

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