Kenya has most powerful passport in East Africa, Somalia the least

New statistics released by the World Economic Forum which looked at the most powerful passports in the world suggest Kenya has the most powerful passport in East Africa and seventh on the continent.

A number of factors were used in order to come up with the list, including checking if there are visa requirements, visa permits and other forms of pre-department government approval to enter a country.

Globally Kenya ties with Swaziland at position 69 and comes behind Seychelles, Mauritius, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Lesotho in that order in the report by Henley Passport Index.

Somalia (103), Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq have the least powerful passports in that order, according to the index.

Here are the most powerful passports in East Africa:

1. Kenya

2. Tanzania

3. Uganda

4. Rwanda

5. Burundi

6. South Sudan

7. Somalia

In East Africa, Somalia’s is the least powerful passport having emerged 103rd in the world and the last in Africa.

Here are the top ten most powerful passports in the world (some passports share space as they have the same index score):

1. Japan, Singapore, South Korea

2. Germany

3. Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Sweden

4. Luxembourg, Spain

5. Austria, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland, United Kingdom

6. United States, Belgium, Canada, Greece, Ireland

7. Czech Republic

8. Malta

9. Australia, Iceland, New Zealand

10. Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia