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After Rwanda, Kenya declares Visa-free entry for all Africans

Usually Foreign nationals wishing to travel to Kenya are required to possess a valid passport of their country and a valid Kenya eVisa . But in the inauguration ceremony His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta has announced that all African visiting Kenya will receive a visa on arrival with no reciprocity conditions.

This was done within the framework to underscore Kenyan’s commitment to Pan Africanism.

Kenyan’s President announces this after,Rwanda has confirmed a global visa free entry for travelers from everywhere in the world starting January 1, 2018.

A communique released by the Directorate of Immigration and Emigration said citizens of all countries the world over could enjoy 30 days visa on arrival under the regime. With some entrants required to pay a fee where applicable.

Rwanda already has such a system in place for all African countries and a number of countries outside the continent. The country is reputed as one of the most open in visa openness index publications.

The November 16, 2017 document read in part: “30 days visa upon arrival – Citizens of all countries to get visa upon arrival without prior approval, starting 01 January 2018. Before that, only African countries and few others were getting visa upon arrival.”

The new visa regime also touched on other areas like visa reciprocity for specific countries whose citizens get free visas with 90 days validity. The countries in question are Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, Ghana, Guinea, Indonesia, Haiti, Senegal, Seychelles and Sao Tome and Principe.

This is in addition to the Democratic Republic of Congo, East Africa Member Community Partner States, Mauritius, Philippines and Singapore. This takes immediate effect.

Currently Kenya use eVisa for tourism, recreation , sight seeing , casual visit to meet friends or relatives, short duration medical treatment or casual business visit.

The Express News

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