Kenya Returns South Africa’s ‘Favour’- Makes it Harder to Get a Visa

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For many years, there has been imbalance in South Africa and Kenya visa issuance.
South Africans traveling to Kenya for 30 days or less have over the years been exempt from the visa requirement, but that was not the case for Kenyans.

Moreover, South Africans have been getting Visas upon arrival in Nairobi, for a fee of only $50. Kenyans are forced to apply before leaving the country; a period that lasts 6 days or more. The charge is Sh4800. Apparently, the government has been asking the South Africans to address this issue for many years without any result.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday issued a directive that South African passport holders are now required to apply for visas prior to travelling or transiting through Kenya.
A R750 (Sh6150) visa fee will be required and visas will no longer be issued on arrival in Kenya.Processing will be done at the Kenya High Commission and will take about 5 working days. 

This is without a doubt a wrong business move for the country, but is probably the best medicine to an ungrateful neighbour.

This was the statement by the foreign office.

South African passport holders are now required to apply for a visa prior to travelling or transiting through Kenya.

The Kenyan High Commission says the new rule comes into effect on July 1, 2014. Previously South African passport holders were exempt from the visa requirement when travelling for 30 days or less.

A R750 visa fee will be required and visas will no longer be issued on arrival in Kenya.

All Visa Service Fees payments will be made at the Kenya High Commission or Embassy and that visa processing can be expected to take about 5 working days.

All applicants will be required to produce the following documents:

1. Return Air Ticket
2. Invitation letter from the host in the Republic of Kenya
3. Letter from employer/Institution/College/School
4. Proof of funds (bank statement)
5. Applicants must appear in Person for Biometrics
6. 2 Passport Photographs.

Holders of Official or Diplomatic Passports travelling on Government business will not be affected by these changes and will continue to get visitor’s Passes on arrival at the ports of entry.

Countries allowed to travel into Kenya without a visa include Botswana, Brunei, Burundi, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Jamaica, Lesotho, Malawi, Maldives, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, Samozo, San Marino, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tobago, Tonga, Trinidad, Turkey, Uganda, Uruguay, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

nairobiwire.com

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