If you have a Kenyan passport, you should consider yourself lucky.
The Kenyan passport has been adjudged Africa’s 8th most powerful passport in Africa.
This is according to Henley & Partners, a citizenship and planning firm, which ranked Africa’s passport in a new research.
The new research shows the country has, however, slipped down compared to the previous years which the country’s world rating was 62 as at October 2018.
The firm considered how many countries can be visited without applying for a visa.
Kenya citizens can travel to 71 countries without visas out of a possible 218, ranking behind Seychelles, South Africa, Mauritius, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland.
If you are wondering about Nigeria. Well, Nigeria didn’t make the top 50 in the new report but according to Answers Africa, Nigeria citizens can only travel to about 43 countries without visa or visa upon arrival.
Globally, Kenya was in position 72, which is an improvement from last year’s 73, in a ranking that placed Japan on the top, with the Japanese citizens able to travel to a record 190 countries without visas.
“Kenya ranked 72nd in 2019 with 71 destination visa free access,” says the report that is produced in partnership with International Air Transport Association (IATA).
“As the world economy has become increasingly globalised, the need for greater visa-free access has grown steadily,” said the report.