Kenya 10-year multiple entry visa for business to take effect in December

2018-11-17 06:30 - Selene Brophy
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South Africa and Kenya are set to introduce a 10-year multiple entry visa for business people.

SAnews.gov reports the reciprocal, multiple entry visa for business will come into effect from 1 December 2018. Currently Kenya is a 90-day visa on arrival destination for locals.

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The new visa is aimed at promoting business as well as tourism – with the official announcement made earlier in the week by the Department of Home Affairs, by former Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, who has since resigned.

Earlier in September, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a number of negotiations on visa waivers and relaxation of visa requirements can be expected to improve tourism and business travel access to South Africa.  

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Also on the cards are eased visa rules for China and India, as part of high-level agreements between the countries and South Africa - announced in July during the BRICS summit

According to the latest StatsSA figures for May 2018, compared to May 2017, Indian tourist arrivals to South Africa was down 12%, while China was up by 5%.

Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom confirmed options being considered included “multiple entry Visa” that would be valid for five years and offer tourists up to 90 days in the country. 

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Added to this, the DHA says an e-Visa is at an advanced stage and will be piloted in New Zealand, by April 2019.

This is significant in that South Africa introduced a visa requirement in 2016, after New Zealand restricted travel for SA citizens. The result had seen a 17% drop in travellers to SA from New Zealand in 2017. 

A list of visa exemptions and requirements is available under the Immigration section of the Home Affairs website – Click here for more info.

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