Eswatini passport 7th most powerful in Africa
ESWATINI’s passport is ranked the seventh most powerful passport in the continent.
This is contained in a new research done by Henley & Partners, a citizenship and planning firm, which takes into account how many countries can be visited without applying for a visa.
The country is ranked 71st globally and can visit 71 countries without the use of a visa.
Eswatini is ranked behind Seychelles, South Africa, Mauritius, Botswana, Namibia and Lesotho in a ranking that placed Japan on the top, with the Japanese citizens able to travel to a record 190 countries without visas.
Countries linked to terror networks like Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq were bottom of the pile, with their citizens requiring visas to access the majority of countries. A recent survey by the African continental body showed that East Africa tops in free movement of people in the region, affirming the gains of an open visa scheme for the continent aimed at spurring trade and tourism. The liberalised visa regime was set up to promote more open borders across the continent and to boost trade, security and Africa-wide integration. It has been widely publicised, with the African Union Commission voicing the need for countries to follow Kenya’s example.