Visa policy raises Kenya ranking



African Union headquarters.
African Union headquarters. A report released by the AU ranks Kenya higher on visa openness. FILE PHOTO | NMG

Kenya has moved six places up on visa openness progress in the continent helped by government’s recent move to allow citizens from African States to obtain visa on arrival, a report released by African Union (AU) indicates.

The 2018 Visa Openness Report places Kenya at position nine, up from 15 last year and 16 in 2016, highlighting the significant efforts that the country has put in place in easing movement of people from regional nations.

AU says the remarkable improvement by Kenya resulted from new visa-on-arrival policy for all Africans visiting the country.

“Kenya moved up six places into the top 10 countries in the Africa Visa Openness Index in 2018. The country’s improved score follows its new visa-on-arrival policy for all Africans,” says the report.

The free visa regime was announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta in his inauguration speech in November 2017.

“For my fellow Africans, the free movement of people on our continent has always been a cornerstone of Pan-African brotherhood and fraternity.

“Today, I am directing that any African wishing to visit Kenya will be eligible to receive a visa at the port of entry,” said Mr Kenyatta then.


By Kenyan Digest

The Kenyan Digest Team