Kenya’s passport is the eighth strongest in Africa

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Kenya’s passport is the eighth strongest in Africa

Friday January 14, 2022

A Kenyan passport. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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By GERALD ANDAE
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  • Kenya’s passport is now the eighth most important in Africa and 71st globally after its mobility score improved six places in the latest ranking.
  • The Henley Passport Index report released on Monday shows that the number of countries Kenyans can visit without a visa or receive on arrival has risen to 72 from 64 in January last year.

Kenya’s passport is now the eighth most important in Africa and 71st globally after its mobility score improved six places in the latest ranking.

The Henley Passport Index report released on Monday shows that the number of countries Kenyans can visit without a visa or receive on arrival has risen to 72 from 64 in January last year.

The mobility score measures the number of countries that a Kenyan passport holder can visit without a visa, or the countries where they can obtain a visa on arrival.

Kenya finished eighth, a spot it shared with Tanzania and behind Mauritius, Botswana, eSwatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Seychelles and South Africa in the latest ranking.

Last year, Kenya’s travel document on the effects of the Covid 19 pandemic was ranked 77th in the world.

“…Covid-19 and its interplay with instability and inequality has highlighted and exacerbated the shocking disparity in international mobility between wealthy industrialized nations and their poorer counterparts,” the report said.

Uganda ranked 76th, while Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan ranked 82nd, 92nd and 99th, respectively, according to the report.

The mobility score, which is an initiative of the Henley Passport Index, downgraded the strength of Kenya’s travel document last year due to the devastating effects of Covid-19, which reduced the number of countries one would visit without a visa.

Japan and Singapore rank first, with citizens of these countries being able to visit 192 countries without a visa. Germany took third place in the global ranking.

Kenya has introduced new chip-enabled passports for its citizens to combat widespread forgery and impersonation of holders. The new features aim to make it impossible to forge or duplicate a Kenyan passport.

The introduction of 10-year electronic passports marked the beginning of the end of the “analogue” passports used since independence and has joined 60 other countries using new passports.

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