- Nairobi triples the number of days South Africans can stay in Kenya without a visa, from 30 to 90 days.
Kenya has announced a new plan that will see South Africans stay longer than 30 days in Kenya without visas.
The Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery says in the notice that South African “civil servants, holders of diplomatic, official or ordinary passports” can visit Kenya without visas “for a period not exceeding ninety (90) days.”
This comes a month after Interior CS Nkaissery, and South African Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba announced some relaxations on visa rules for Kenyans. Following their meeting, Kenyans passing through South Africa will not require a transit visa, as previously witnessed. The officials said this at a joint press conference in Nairobi last month.
When South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma made his three-day state visit to Kenya last October, he shared his concerns over visa policies noting that gaps had to be sealed to avoid illegal activities. “We have to ensure that there are no loopholes for criminals to take advantage of.”
Due to some countries having reviewed their rules to “no visas” for African travelers, the number of visas on arrival fell, the Index further explained.
East Africa still leads the region with the highest number of countries being more visa-open. 40 percent of East Africa’s countries are lenient on visa rules, 35 percent are in West Africa, 20 percent in Southern Africa while North Africa has just 5 percent. Central Africa, however, missed out in the top 20 most visa-open countries.
Although Nairobi has expressed its generosity towards South Africans, Kenyans still await reciprocity on visa issuance and relaxation of rules from Pretoria.