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Kenyan Passport 8th Most Powerful in Africa

The Kenyan passport has been ranked eighth most powerful in Africa and position 72 globally.

This is according to Henley & Partners, a citizenship and Planning company which disclosed that Kenya had gone three places down from its initial position 5 in 2018.

The ranking takes into account the total number of countries citizens of a given country can visit without necessarily having to apply for a visa.

The research disclosed that Kenyan citizens can travel to a total of 71 countries without visas out of the possible 218 countries.

Kenya ranked behind Seychelles, South Africa, Mauritius, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, and Swaziland.

Japan took the top position globally with its citizens being able to travel to 190 countries without visas.

Some of the countries that Kenyans can access without a visa or get one on arrival include Singapore, Hong Kong, Jamaica, and Fiji, among others.

In Eastern African region, Kenya was 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.

The liberalized visa regime was set up to promote more open borders across the continent and to boost trade, security and Africa-wide integration.







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