Kenya and South Africa have agreed to a reciprocal visa-free entry deal which will probably be rolled out from January subsequent 12 months.
Candidates will get a most of 90 days yearly.
At the moment, Kenyan nationals pay as much as $40 (£35) and have to point out proof of “adequate” funds in addition to wait a mean of three weeks for a 90-day South African visa.
Solely travellers staying lower than 30 days loved a free move, however that too attracted a processing charge of about $40.
In distinction, South Africans don’t require pre-departure visas to journey to Kenya.
The brand new visa-free regime was introduced after talks between President William Ruto and his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa in Nairobi.
“I categorical appreciation on the progress that we’ve got made within the long-awaited visa-free regime,” mentioned President Ruto.
The 2 heads of state additionally agreed on a return coverage in instances the place immigration legal guidelines are breached. Visa restrictions have been a thorny difficulty for the 2 international locations for years.
The 2 leaders additionally backed a plan agreed final 12 months to unveil a Pan- African airline between Kenya Airways and South African Airways.
“We each occupy strategic factors on the continent and there’s a nice want for a strategic partnership to be struck,” President Ramaphosa mentioned.
However no particulars have been revealed but on the deal between the 2 airways thought of among the most unprofitable and closely depending on authorities bailout at present.
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