Tanzania’s passport is ranked 74th in the world in the latest mobility ranking and maintains its position as the ninth strongest in Africa.
The latest Henley Passport Index report, based on official data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), reveals the number of destinations that passport holders can access without a prior visa.
The number of countries that Tanzanian passport holders can visit without a visa or obtain one on arrival has increased to 72 from 70 a few years ago.
On the African continent, the latest Henley Global Passport Index report ranks Mauritius first, South Africa second and Tanzania ninth in terms of ease of travel.
For the past 18 years, the index’s publishers have used it to show the link between the power of the passport and access to the global economy.
This year’s index reveals that just 6% of the world’s passports give their holders visa-free access to more than 70% of the global economy.
Analysts say that with global travel improving but not at pre-pandemic levels, a lower ranking on the index could mean that a country’s citizens are being deprived of opportunities for economic mobility and growth.
East African countries, including Tanzania, have since last year started issuing chip-embedded passports for their citizens to combat rampant forgery and impersonation.
The East African Community hopes this will strengthen the region’s passport and open up more travel and economic opportunities for citizens. -Reporting by Isaac Lucando in Dar es Salaam