South Africa relaxes Visa requirements for Kenyans

Written By: Beth Nyaga

South Africa relaxes Visa requirements for Kenyans

South Africa has relaxed Visa requirements for Kenyans seeking to visit the country.

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The move followed a meeting between Kenya’s Interior Minister Fred Matiang’i and South Africa’s minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba in Pretoria on Monday.

From the 1st of December 2018 Kenyan business and academia community traveling to South Africa will now be issued with multiple entry visas valid for up to 10 years with frequent travelers will get a 3-year multiple entry visa.

As part of reciprocating Kenya’s move to ease entry into the country for all visitors from African countries, South Africa which has some of the stringent visa requirements for Kenyan visitors has now relaxed its regulations.

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Commencing 1st of December 2018 Kenyans seeking to visit the South African nation will now be legible for 3-year multiple entry visa.

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Those doing business and the academia community will enjoy a 10-year multiple entry visa following extensive deliberations between Kenya’s Interior Minister Secretary Fred Matiang’i and his Home Affairs counterpart from South Africa Malusi Gigaba in Pretoria.

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Kenya has set up a more responsive online visa application process for short-term visas for visitors from all African countries a move the country says will foster Pan-African brotherhood.

Africans visiting Kenya for less than 30 days do not require any visa while those intending to stay longer will be issued with visas at the point of entry or through the online e-visa platform.

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Kenyans on study visa in South Africa will now be issued with Visa for the duration of their studies and renewal will be granted when the need arises a move seen a win for Kenyans students in South Africa nation.

The two nations have tasked its technical officers to find ways of reducing travel restrictions with a view of completely removing short term and transit visa requirements for citizens from the two countries holding ordinary passports.


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