Kenyan Passport 50th Most Powerful In The World

The Kenyan passport has been ranked among the 50 most powerful in the world and 6th in Africa.

A Kenyan passport. The Immigration Department will from April 2015 stop accepting physical applications for passports to seal loopholes that have seen foreigners get the permit and cut the issuance period. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP



The rankings released by Financial Advisory firm Arton Capital on their tool passport index are based on how many countries a passport holder can visit without requiring an advance visa or having to purchase one upon arrival to their destination country.

The Kenyan passport is tied with those of four other countries which include Jamaica, Cuba, Tonga and Botswana with their passport holders being able to access 68 countries visa free or with a visa-on-arrival.

Kenya is listed as having the 6th most powerful passport in Africa behind Seychelles which enables their passport holders to access 116 countries, Mauritius (111), South Africa (84), Guinea (81) and Sierra Leone (69).

Tanzania came in 57th with access to 61 countries while Uganda was ranked 60th with visa free access to 57 countries.

US and UK passports topped the worldwide list with their citizens getting access to 147 countries without an advance visa.

France, South Korea and Germany come in second place, with access to 145 countries, followed by Italy and Sweden in the third place with 144.

Solomon Islands, Myanmar, South Sudan, Sao Tome and Principe and the Palestinian Territories have the least desirable passports according to this ranking.

They are ranked in 80th place giving their citizens access to just 20 countries each without an advance visa.

– Business Daily