Friday, June 21, 2024

Kenya: First Batch of Foreigners Underneath Visa-Free Coverage Land At JKIA

Nairobi — The primary batch of foreigners on Digital Journey Authorization below visa-free coverage in Kenya have landed on the Jomo Kenyatta Worldwide Airport.

Based on Immigrations Principal Secretary Julius Bitok, over 5,000 ETA functions have been acquired.

Within the meantime, the federal government has made some amendments to the Citizen and Immigration Regulation, 2023, to assist the implementation of a visa-free regime.

In a particular Gazette discover issued by Inside and Nationwide Administration Cupboard Secretary Kithure Kindiki, the phrase ‘Visa’ has been changed with an ‘Digital Journey Authorization’.

An Digital Journey Authorization (ETA) system might be established to facilitate pre-screening of all vacationers desiring to enter the nation.

“Every particular person desiring to journey into the nation shall apply to the Director for Digital Journey Authorization by way of the digital portal and be in possession of the Authorization earlier than embarkment,” the Gazette discover reads.

“An software below sub-regulation (1) shall be in Type 22 as set out within the First Schedule and shall embody biographical data, journey itinerary and some other data referring to the applying that the Director might require.”

Carriers arriving in Kenya is not going to be allowed to onboard a passenger who doesn’t have a legitimate ETA.

“Topic to regulation 16 B (3), any provider or agent in command who contravenes regulation 16 C shall be liable to pay an administrative penalty of Ten Thousand United States {Dollars},” it added.

President William Ruto, in the course of the sixtieth Jamhuri Day Celebration in December final month, introduced that the nation will undertake a free-visa regime for all worldwide guests beginning January 1, 2024.

“It’s with nice pleasure, as President of this extraordinary nation, to make a historic announcement of the choice of the Authorities of Kenya. Kenya might be a visa-free nation,” Ruto stated earlier.

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