Kenyan Passport Ranked 8th Most Powerful in Africa

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For the second consecutive year, Kenyan citizens can travel visa-free and obtain a visa on arrival to 71 countries according to the 2020 Henley Passport Index and Global Mobility Report.

The Henley Passport Index measures which passports are the most powerful based on the countries its holders can enter without prior visa approval. This is based on data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

“As we enter the new decade, Kenya ranks at number 72, eight places lower than its position on the index in 2010,” the report reads in part.

In the latest ranking, Kenya improved by two places to position 72 out of 107 countries. In the East African region, it maintained its lead followed by Tanzania (73) globally, Uganda (77), Rwanda (83) and Burundi at 93 globally.

The Somalia passport is the least powerful in the region ranked 104 with access to only 32 destinations without a prior visa.

“African countries have seen the power of their passports decline over the last decade due to political instability and conflict that has affected travel freedom on the continent,” the report notes.

Top eight passports of 2020 in Africa

  1. Seychelles (29)
  2. South Africa (56)
  3. Botswana (62)
  4. Namibia (67)
  5. Lesotho (69) 
  6. eSwatini (70) 
  7. Malawi (71)
  8. Kenya (72)


Asian countries: Japan, Singapore, and South Korea – were ranked first, second and third respectively on the global index.

Top five passports of 2020

  1. Japan (191)
  2. Singapore (190)
  3. South Korea (189)
  4. Germany (189)
  5. Italy (188)
  6. Finland (188)
  7. Spain (187)
  8. Luxembourg (187)
  9. Denmark (187)