South Africa Removes Entry Visa Requirement for Kenyans

Lynnet Okumu
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa during a joint address with Kenya's President William Ruto at the State House in Nairobi on November 9, 2022.

South Africa has removed visa requirements for Kenyan business people and students travelling to the Rainbow Nation beginning January 2023 for a maximum of 90 days annually.

“We have discussed the issue of visas between South Africa and Kenya, with a view to allowing Kenyans to visit South Africa on a visa-free basis. This will officially start on January 1, 2023 and it will be available to Kenyans for a 90-day period per year,” he said.

The sixth edition of the Africa Visa Openness Index (AVOI) published jointly by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the African Union Commission, 24 African countries -44 per cent of the continent – offered an eVisa to Africans, up from 9 African countries -17 per cent of the continent–in 2016.

Subsequently, the 2022 Henley Passport Index ranks Kenya as the ninth African country with the strongest passport and 76th globally able to access 72 destinations alongside Tanzania.

Seychelles remains the most powerful passport in Africa, with access to 153 destinations and 28th globally. Mauritius followed with access to 146 destinations and 33rd worldwide.

South Africa followed with 105 destinations and ranked number 55 globally.

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Lynnet Okumu

LA writes on various subjects, from family, relationships, and health to commodities in East Africa. She is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication from Masinde Muliro University. She is an advocate for women's and children's rights.

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