Eswa­tini pass­port 7th most pow­er­ful in Africa

Swazi Observer - - FRONT PAGE - By Sa­belo Ma­jola

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.

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