Kenyan passport holders have been barred from 40 countries despite a massive vaccination campaign put up by Nairobi.
This has seen Kenyans remain locked out of dozens of destinations at a time nations are easing travel restrictions following increased Covid-19 vaccinations.
The Henley Passport Index, which regularly monitors the world’s most travel-friendly passports since 2006, revealed this in its final report of 2021, showing how countries are still keen to protect their citizens from new variants of coronavirus.
“This year, Passport Index data paints a picture of a world in recovery, bolstered by growing access to vaccines and an inherent desire to move, meet and connect across the globe,” the report stated.
Taiwan, Israel, Sweden, Vatican City, South Korea, Singapore, Poland, and Cambodia top the list of countries that have banned the holders of Kenyan passports.
Others are Bangladesh, Chile, Czech Republic, Cyprus and Cameroon, which Henley & Partners lists as the only African country to place restrictions on Kenya.
The report comes at a time Kenya has recorded a sharp increase in cases of Covid-19 infections in recent months, while the number of admissions in health facilities is also increasing.