Uganda Passport Ranks 73rd Globally with 69 Visa-Free Destinations

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The Henley Passport Index for 2024 reveals that Uganda holds the 73rd position out of 199 countries and territories considered, offering its passport holders visa-free access to 69 destinations. While this ranking is consistent with the previous year, Uganda has made strides since 2006, with the number of visa-free destinations increasing from 58 to 111 in 2024.

Top-ranking countries, such as France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore, and Spain, boast visa-free access to as many as 194 destinations. In contrast, Afghanistan holds the lowest position this year with a mobility score of 28.

The Henley Passport Index, utilizing data from the International Air Transport Association (Iata), indicates that the Ugandan passport requires an electronic visa (e-Visa) for 20 travel destinations, including South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, and India. Additionally, 32 destinations offer visa on arrival (VOA) for Ugandan passport holders, while only Sri Lanka requires an electronic travel authorization (ETA).

Over the past decade, Uganda has seen marginal improvements in its passport ranking, contrasting with notable advancements by the United Arab Emirates, now 11th on the index with visa-free access to 183 destinations. China has also nearly doubled its access to destinations without a visa, securing the 62nd position on the latest index.

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