Govt Introduces Reforms for Visa-Free Entry Into Kenya

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Foreigners seeking to enter Kenya will have to undergo advanced prescreening to acquire the Electronic Travel Authorisation if a proposed amendment to the law is approved.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki has proposed the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration (Amendment) Regulations, 2023, through a gazette notice seeking to introduce rules that would govern the visa-free entry status declared by President William Ruto last month.

In the proposal, all passengers will be subjected to an advanced screening process by the introduction of an Advance Passenger Information (API) system.

This system involves the biographic data of a passenger or a crew member as well as the flight details of an aircraft operator and other details that will be required before passengers arrive in Kenya.

Also, each passenger shall apply to the Director for the ETA system through the e-portal and possess the authorisation before boarding a flight to Kenya. Kenyabwill charge Ksh4,600 for an ETA application. 

The government warned airlines against onboarding a passenger who does not hold a valid ETA.

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