Kenyan Passport regains strength, ranked 8th most powerful in Africa

The new Kenyan E-passport. [Photo Wikipedia]

The Kenyan passport has regained its strength after months of losing it due to the first nationwide lockdown in 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic struck.

In 2021, the Kenyan passport strength has been ranked eighth in the Africa according to Henley Passport Index Report.

Last year, Henley Passport Index Report was ranked 10th in Africa.

With the new ranking, Kenya’s passport ranked 72 globally from 73 in 2020.

The Kenyan passport which gives you Visa-free access to about 71 nations, most of them in Africa.

Some of them include: Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda, Tanzania, Trinidad, Swaziland, Malaysia, Senegal, Panama, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Burundi, Mauritius, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Ghana and The Gambia among others.

Beyond the African continent, the Kenyan Passport gives you Visa-free access to Singapore, Philippines, Antigua and Barbuda, Bajama, Barbados, Jamaica, Hong Kong, Fiji and Indonesia.

Henley & Partners and CS Global Partners – both citizenship advisory firms – said there was a surge of second citizenship for Kenyan wealthy elites in 2020.

They were seeking a second citizenship to Caribbean Island nations which costs Ksh330 million.

The Caribbean Island nations are attractive to investors because they not only offer massive investment opportunities but their passports have guarantee Visa-free access to 140 other countries in the world especially in Europe.

In the newest ranking, Seychelles’ passport emerged as Africa’s nation with the most powerful passport.

A Seychelles passport gives its holders access to 152 countries around the world. It has been ranked 27th in the world.

South Africa comes in second and ranked at 53rd position with visa-free entry to 103 countries followed by Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, eSwatini, Malawi.