Kenya to start granting visas to AU state citizens on arrival

2013-12-13 10:13
Nairobi - If you're planning to check Kenya off your travel wishlist, the good news is that the country will be granting visas on arrival to all  citizens of the African Union member states, come January 2014.

Eturbonews.com reports that, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta made the announcement during a the country's celebration of its 50th anniversary of Independence from Britain, held at Kasarani Stadium on Thursday.

The report stats that Issues of national security could see the full implementation looked at afresh, should circumstances require that certain nationalities had to undergo stricter vetting. However, once granted a visa on arrival, visitors can stay up to 6 months in country, a boost no doubt for the hospitality industry which of late has been enjoying less than favorable conditions.

Rwanda made the same move in January of 2013 this year. But unlike Rwanda, Kenya would like reciprocity for her citizens when travelling to other African countries. Kenyan citizens can access South Africa for free but reports claim the administration costs can reach as much US$70 for “processing the application".

Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda will also launch their common tourist visa on January 1, which will allow foreign visitors to pay for one visa and then being able to visit up to three countries in the region without extra cost.


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