KAMPALA — Uganda has emerged eleventh, behind regional members Tanzania and Kenya whose passports are now the eighth most powerful in Africa and 71 globally after their mobility score having improved six places in the latest ranking.
The Henley Passport Index Report released this week shows that the number of countries that Ugandan can visit without a visa, or obtain it on arrival remain 67.
The mobility score measures the number of countries that a person holding Uganda’s passport can visit without having a visa or the nations where they can get a visa on arrival.
Uganda emerged eleventh (11th) on the continent and 76th in the whole world.
Uganda is also behind Continent leaders Mauritius, Botswana, eSwatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Seychelles and South Africa.
Elsewhere in East Africa, Rwanda emerged position 82 with Burundi and South Sudan coming in at number 92 and 99 respectively, according to the report.
The mobility score, which is an initiative of Henley Passport Index had last year downgraded the strength of regional travel documents on account of devastating effects of the Covid-19 that lowered the number of countries that one would visit without visa.
Japan and Singapore ranked first on the index with visa-free access to 192 destinations. Germany and South Korea ranked second with visa-free access to 190 destinations.
The Pakistani passport has been ranked as the fourth worst passport for international travel for the third consecutive year, local media reported citing the report by the Henley Passport Index 2022 on Thursday.
According to the report, Pakistani passport holders have visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 31 destinations around the world.
Afghani passport sits at the bottom of the index of 199 passports.
The index doesn’t take temporary restrictions into account.