Kenya Removes Visa Registration Fee for Citizens of Six African Nations


Kenya has initiated changes to its online visitor registration service to facilitate easier travel into the country.

Previously, some nations criticized the high charges associated with online registration. However, citizens from six (6) African countries will now be exempt from the $30 online application fee when registering to visit Kenya.

Exemption for Six African Countries

A report by the East African media agency revealed that citizens from Ethiopia, Comoros, Congo-Brazzaville, Eritrea, Mozambique, San Marino, and South Africa will no longer need to pay the online application fee.

This exemption applies to countries that have either concluded visa abolition agreements or signed bilateral visa waiver agreements with Kenya, according to the Department of Immigration and Citizen Services of Kenya.

Appreciation from Ethiopian Ambassador

Bacha Debele, the Ethiopian Ambassador to Kenya, expressed gratitude for Kenya’s decision to remove Ethiopian citizens from the eTA-related electronic payment requirement.

He emphasized that Ethiopian citizens can now enter Kenya without a visa requirement but must still fill out the eTA form online before arrival.

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Response to Criticisms

The decision to exempt these countries from the application fee stems from criticisms of the system, particularly from nations that do not typically require visas from Kenyan citizens.

This move is part of Kenya’s broader initiative to simplify its travel policies and promote tourism.

Future Updates on Travel Policies

In January 2023, Kenyan officials announced that updates on regional travel policies would be communicated within the next six months.

The government has provided a six-month grace period for other members of the East African Community to decide on their travel policies regarding Kenya, ensuring a smooth implementation of the new, simplified travel policy.


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