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Not long ago, I wrote about one of my favourite visa stickers on my passport, the Kenyan Visa. Kenya had moved on from sticker visas to an e-visa system in the recent past. Now, there is even better news: Kenya is set to become a visa-free country for all visitors starting January 2024, as announced by President William Ruto.
Beginning in January 2024, Kenya will be a visa-free country. It shall no longer be necessary for any person from any corner of the globe to carry the burden of applying for a visa to come to Kenya.
This move is aimed at boosting tourism and fostering global connections. The new policy will eliminate the need for visitors worldwide to apply for a visa to enter Kenya. Instead, a newly developed digital platform will facilitate the issuance of electronic travel authorization, streamlining the entry process.
This decision marks a significant milestone in Kenya’s efforts to position itself as a top destination for tourism and cultural exchange. It builds on President Ruto’s previous declaration that citizens of African countries would be able to visit Kenya without a visa by the end of 2023, a move intended to enhance regional cooperation and strengthen ties among African nations. President Ruto highlighted Kenya’s role in welcoming humanity, emphasizing its rich heritage and historical significance as the cradle of humanity. He cited the progress made by other regions, such as Europe, in abolishing visa requirements among member states and argued that similar measures could boost economic integration in Africa. The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), established in 2021, aims to create a unified market across the continent. Kenya’s decision to end visa requirements aligns with this vision of a borderless market, encouraging free movement and exchange. This policy change places Kenya alongside Seychelles, The Gambia, Benin, and Rwanda, which have also offered visa-free entry to all African citizens.
With this new initiative, Kenya has extended its hospitality to the world and is set to become one of the most accessible countries in the world. Here are five countries that offer visas on arrival for all nationalities.
Kenya’s sticker visa with the ‘Big Five‘ was the perfect tease for those headed to Safari trips. Although you may not get the fantastic sticker visa, Safari trips have become much more accessible, thanks to the visa-free destination starting in 2024. If you are planning to visit Kenya or experience your first Safari trip, do read;
Title Image: Four Seasons Safari Lodge, Serengeti National Park