A report by Arton Capital a Financial Advisory firm has ranked Kenya’s passport 50th globally and 6th in Africa. The Kenyan passport has been able to enter the top 50 most powerful in the world in the world with big names like The US, UK and locally South Africa, Seychelles, Mauritius among others.
The passport index was calculated in terms of how many countries a passport holder can visit without needing an advance visa or having to purchase one on arrival of the destination country.
Kenyan passport holders are able to access 68 countries without a visa or with a visa-on-arrival.
In Africa the most powerful passport is Seychelles with 116 countries, Mauritius with 111 countries, South Africa- 84 countries, Guines-81 countries and Sierra Leone-69 countries.
Other East African Tanzanian and Uganda ranked 57th with 61-country access and 60th with 57-country access respectively.
UK and US topped the list with 147-country access followed by France, South Korea and Germany at second place with 145-country access and third place with access to 144 countries was Italy and Sweden.
The worst performers in that report were South Sudan Myanmar, Solomon Islands, Sao Tome & Principe and the Palestinian territories as they give their passport holders access to a mere 20 countries.
This ranking especially for the Kenyan passport only confirms the economic and tourism prospects available in the East African country. Strong passports are a very encouraging factor especially to investors as it reduces the hustle and trouble visitors have to go through to get into any country.