Kenya has dropped three places in the latest Passport Index report tabulated by citizenship and planning firm Henley and Partners.
According to the report Kenya came in at number 72 globally in the report that intermittently measures the access each country’s travel document affords without a prior VISA.
In Africa, Kenya’s passport came in at number eight behind Seychelles, Mauritius, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, and Eswatini in that order.
Among East African nations, Kenya was the highest ranked with another fast growing economy, Ethiopia, coming in among the bottom five positions.
Kenya’s rank according to the survey was attributed to the fact that individuals using Kenyan passports do not require visas to travel to 71 countries out of a possible 218 destinations.
Henley & Partner’s list is one of several indexes created by financial firms to rank global passports according to the access they provide to their citizens.
The Henley Passport Index is based on data provided by the International Air Transport Authority (IATA), which maintains the world’s largest and most accurate database of travel information, and covers 199 passports and 227 travel destinations. It is updated in real time throughout the year, as and when visa policy changes come into effect.