Kenya’s passport is position nine in Africa, according to the 2023 Henley Passport Index, with Singapore sitting on top of the world with the most powerful visa.
Singapore visa holders enjoy visa-free entry to 192 destinations, exceeding any other country in the world.
A country ranks top in reference to the visa-free countries its citizens can access.
Moreover, according to the Henley Passport Index report, Germany ranks second with a visa-free score of 190 and ties with Italy and Spain.
Austria ranks third tying with Finland, France, Japan, Luxembourg and South Korea with a score of 189. At the same time the United Kingdom came fourth, after rating sixth for years.
On the other hand, the United States which was first in 2014, dropped to eighth, its lowest position.
Africa Passport Ranking
According to a report by Statista, Passport visa-free score in Africa 2023, Seychelles ranks first with a score of 153 visa free countries.
At the same time, Mauritius ranks second with a score of 146, South Africa third giving their visa holders privilege to travel to 106 countries freely.
Additionally, Botswana follows at 86, Namibia at 78, Lesotho at 77, eSwatini at 74, Malawi at 73 and Kenya at 72 and Tanzania at 71.
Kenya Visa-free Countries
The Kenyan passport is currently position nine in Africa and it provides visa-free access 44 countries, hence giving it an overall medium-low mobility.
According to a report by Visa Guide World Index, as of July 2023, the document can grant you entry to South Africa, Malaysia, Senegal, Singapore, Panama, Jamaica, Mauritius, and Mozambique.
In addition, you can access Philippines, Cuba, British Virgin Islands, Caymans Islands, Bahamas, Benin, Cook Islands, Dominica, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Gambia, and many more.
Furthermore, Kenyans have a privilege to visit 28 countries and get a visa on arrival. These countries include Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Iran, Maldives, Sudan, Somalia, Mali, Burkina Faso, Madagascar, Democratic Republic of Congo, Saint Lucia and many others.
On the other hand, Kenya nationals require a visa to enter about 156 destinations in the world in areas such as the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom and Japan.
Visa Application Process
Visa application requires one to be to be in possession of a passport.
According to the E-Citizen portal, for Kenyan citizen to own a passport, one must have an original national identity card and a copy, for adults, copy of recommenders’ national identity card, duly signed form for minors.
Consequently, the applicant must have copies of parent’s national identity cards or death certificates where applicable. Original and copies of parent’s birth certificate, certificate of registration for citizens of Kenya by registration.
You must also have an original birth certificate and a copy of citizens of Kenya by birth, a duly filled form 18 and 2 payment invoices and payment of the prescribed fee which is currently at Ksh. 4,500.
While requirements may vary with under different circumstances, these are the main requirements for a first time Kenyan citizen acquiring a passport.
Visa application requirements vary from one country to another.
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