Kenya Eases Travel Rules for South Africa, Six Other Countries

Kenya Eases Travel Rules for South Africa, Six Other Countries

Kenya Eases Travel Rules for South Africa, Six Other Countries

Kenya has made amendments to its entry regulations, notably exempting passport holders from South Africa and six other countries from a previously imposed entry fee.

This decision comes in the wake of public discontent following the introduction of a $30 (£23) entry fee last month, which was met with widespread criticism for potentially deterring tourists and hindering business travel.

The initial introduction of visa requirements for all foreign passport holders was swiftly followed by the imposition of the entry fee, a move that drew significant backlash.

Critics raised concerns about the potential ripple effects, suggesting that other countries with visa-waiver agreements could follow suit, thus complicating travel arrangements and increasing expenses for visitors.

In a bid to allay these concerns and bolster Kenya’s appeal as a tourist and business destination, the government has extended exemptions to passport holders from select countries.

Alongside South Africa, travelers from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Congo-Brazzaville, Comoros, Mozambique, and San Marino now enjoy exemption from the entry fee.

The decision to grant exemption to these specific countries stems from existing visa abolition agreements or bilateral visa waiver agreements between Kenya and these nations.

However, it’s important to note that despite the exemption, travelers from these countries are still required to obtain an electronic travel authorization (ETA) before embarking on their journey to Kenya.

The ETA process mandates travelers to provide essential details such as flight information and proof of accommodation. Once obtained, the ETA allows for a single entry into Kenya and remains valid for a period of 90 days.

This nuanced approach aims to balance the facilitation of travel with the necessary regulatory measures to ensure security and compliance.

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