- The Henley Passport Index report says the number of countries Kenyans can visit without a visa also fell from 79 in December, from 64 in the second quarter of this year to 59.
- The score measures the number of countries that a person with a Kenyan passport can visit without having a visa or the countries where they can obtain a visa on arrival.
Kenya passport holders cannot access 54 countries following the Covid-19 ban in the global race to protect nations from new variants of the coronavirus.
The Henley Passport Index, which has regularly monitored the world’s friendliest passports since 2006, made the revelations that show how the pandemic has affected travel.
Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Cambodia, UK, Canada, Portugal, Denmark, Bulgaria and Singapore topped the list of countries that have banned or imposed restrictions on passport holders Kenyans.
The others are Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Chile, the Czech Republic, Cyprus and Cameroon, which Henley & Partners lists as the only African country to impose restrictions on Kenya.
The highly contagious variant of Covid-19 Delta could trigger a fourth wave of infections in Kenya over the next two months, according to the Ministry of Health.
The rapidly transmitting strain, first identified in India, is dominant in western Kenya, where it was initially detected in the country.
The government has imposed travel restrictions in the region to try to prevent its spread nationwide.
“Borders remain firmly closed in several countries, including Australia, Canada and New Zealand, while many others continue to ban travelers from high-risk areas,” the Henley & Partners report said.
Kenya has not retaliated against the 54 countries after leaving a handful of countries whose citizens must be quarantined before being allowed into the country in a review last month.
These include Ireland, Kuwait, Pakistan, Brunei and Thailand, whose citizens are required to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
Most countries are preparing to approve unrestricted travel plans for people who have had both jabs.
About 1.53 million people have been vaccinated to date, of which 511,520 have received their second dose.
The government expects to receive 13 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine from August and aims to vaccinate more than 10 million people by the end of December and the entire adult population of 26 million by the end of December. end of 2022.
Kenya had 188,513 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 3,721 deaths as of June 29, with a positivity rate of 8.9%.
The Henley Passport Index report says the number of countries Kenyans can visit without a visa also fell from 79 in December, 64 in the second quarter of this year to 59 in terms of Covid-19 restrictions.
The score measures the number of countries a person with a Kenya passport can visit without having a visa or the countries where they can obtain a visa on arrival or obtain it electronically.
The report says the resumption of regular international travel continues to be hampered by Covid-19, noting that while some countries are moving forward with immunizing their populations, most developing countries are making slow progress, hampered by a lack of of resources and insufficient supply.
The Kenyan passport has also lost its strength in Africa, dropping from ninth position to 11th position where it ties in with Tanzania and Ghana.
The Passport Index shows that Kenya ranks behind Seychelles, South Africa, Mauritius, Botswana, Namibia, Tunisia and Swaziland among other African states.
A Kenyan can visit 29 countries without a visa and obtain the entry document upon arrival in 30 countries.
Some of the countries Kenyans can access without a visa or obtain one upon arrival are Singapore, Hong Kong, Jamaica, and Fiji.
Kenya has rolled out new smart passports for its citizens in a move that targets widespread forgery and identity theft of holders. The new features are aimed at preventing anyone from forging or duplicating a Kenyan passport.
The rollout of 10-year ePassports marked the beginning of the end of the “analog” passports used since independence, which have since joined 60 other countries that use ePassports.
A recent survey by the African continental body showed East Africa to lead the free movement of people in the region, affirming the benefits of an open visa regime for the continent aimed at boosting trade. and tourism.
The liberalized visa regime was put in place to promote more open borders across the continent and to boost Africa-wide trade, security and integration. It was widely publicized, with the African Union Commission voicing the need for countries to follow Kenya’s lead.
Kenya is driving integration into the East African Community, with the announcement that citizens of Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda can stand together. move freely with their identity cards, work, do business and own property on an equal basis.