×
  • HOME
  • NEWS
  • GOSSIP
  • LIFESTYLE
  • HOT 100
  • SOCIAL
  • EVENTS
  • ×
    close
    profile photo
    International

    Kenya scraps entry fee for South Africa and six other nations.

    371 views
    Kenya scraps entry fee for South Africa and six other nations.
    • February 25, 2024 • 2 months ago
    in summary
    Foreign nationals will no longer have to pay an entry fee that was enacted last month after Kenya decided to scrap it off South Africa and other six foreign nations.

    Kenya has exempted passport holders from South Africa and six other  countries from paying an unpopular entry fee introduced last month.

    The government scrapped visa requirements for all foreign passport holders after it had been introduced last month inorder to boost tourism and promote the country as a major tourist destination.

    The move was also aimed at attracting business travellers which will increase the foreign exchange earnings.

    Previously, an entry fee, $30 had been introduced and also exempted to people who did not require visas.

    However the decesion caused a huge blacklash with critics saying that it could lead to countries with which Kenya has visa-waiver agreements introducing a similar fee, making travelling more costly and bureaucratic.

    Only travellers from the East African Community regional bloc were exempted from paying the money but six other countries excluding South Africa have also been added to the exemption list.

    In addition to South Africa, the exemption has also been extended to passport holders from five other African states-Ethiopia, Eritrea, Congo-Brazzaville, Comoros and Mozambique.

    San Marino, Europe's third smallest nation after Andorra and the Vatican, is the only other country on the exemption list.

    A memorandum from Kenya's interior ministry and immigration department said the exempted countries had entered visa abolition agreements or signed bilateral visa waiver agreements with the East African state.

    Travellers however are still required to get an ETA (electronic travel authorisation) document in advance to enter Kenya and submit information such as flight details and valid proof of accommodation.

    The ETA is a single entry document and is valid for 90 days.

    In a recent document released on international debt by the World Bank, Kenya ranked as the the first country in Africa with the biggest debt to the World Bank currently standing at $9.2 trillion putting every Kenyan at risk of being debted to about $664,000.

    For East Africa's biggest economy and strongest currency holder, Kenya has decided to optimise all sources to increase its foreign exchange earnings which also involves exploiting the tourism sector which was the main motive that backed the move.

    As directed by the World Bank, African countries which are said to heavily indebted are advised to bolster their tourism sector because it requires minimal investment and awards a balkan of foreign exchange in return.

    The tourism industry also ranks second to agriculture in being the back bone of many African countries found between the tropics. 

    Currently, the world's leading African tourist destination is Rwanda with a rough estimate of 348 foreign visits every month.

     

     

    Leave a Comment below about this story


    In other News

    Suzan makula chases Grace Khan out of her home
    Suzan makula chases Grace Khan out of her home
    ...
    Anne marie shares pictures of her new born baby seven.
    Anne marie shares pictures of her new born baby seven.
    ...
    Broke socialite Emmanuel Lwasa Pleads to Bryan white for financial aid
    Broke socialite Emmanuel Lwasa Pleads to Bryan white for financial aid
    ...
    Kenya Mourns as Army Chief Francis Ogolla Dies in Helicopter Crash
    Kenya Mourns as Army Chief Francis Ogolla Dies in Helicopter Crash
    ...
    "I just want my daughter." Winnie Nwagi
    "I just want my daughter." Winnie Nwagi's baby Daddy.
    ...
    Jurgen Klopp accepts lack of threat cost Liverpool dear in European exit.
    Jurgen Klopp accepts lack of threat cost Liverpool dear in European exit.
    ...
    Latest News
    Mauricio Pochettino elucidates why Chelsea lost to Manchester City in FA Cup semi-final
    Mauricio Pochettino elucidates why Chelsea lost to Manchester City in FA Cup semi-final
    4 hours ago
    Miss Uganda Hannah Karema gives hilarious response after being asked about dating Eddy Kenzo
    Miss Uganda Hannah Karema gives hilarious response after being asked about dating Eddy Kenzo
    10 hours ago
    usercover Guest   1 day ago on Socialviba
    ndya zange sipapa
    storycover
    click on this post to tell us what you think!
    Write a comment...

     

    Today's Hot Stories
    1
    Miss Uganda Hannah Karema gives hilarious response after being asked about dating Eddy Kenzo
    Miss Uganda Hannah Karema gives hilarious response after being asked about dating Eddy Kenzo
    Celebrity
    2
    Watch Pretty Nicole
    Watch Pretty Nicole's Private Leaked Video.
    Exposed
    3
    Mauricio Pochettino elucidates why Chelsea lost to Manchester City in FA Cup semi-final
    Mauricio Pochettino elucidates why Chelsea lost to Manchester City in FA Cup semi-final
    Sport
    4
    Kanye West punches a Reporter for grabbing her wife Bianca on the street.
    Kanye West punches a Reporter for grabbing her wife Bianca on the street.
    International
    5
    Is Bryan White Ready to Shower Ugandan celebrities with Money Again
    Is Bryan White Ready to Shower Ugandan celebrities with Money Again
    Celebrity
    6
    Spice Diana Sets the Record Straight on Marriage Rumors
    Spice Diana Sets the Record Straight on Marriage Rumors
    Celebrity
    7
    Broke socialite Emmanuel Lwasa Pleads to Bryan white for financial aid
    Broke socialite Emmanuel Lwasa Pleads to Bryan white for financial aid
    Celebrity
    8
    Marriage on Her Mind? Zuchu
    Marriage on Her Mind? Zuchu's Public Plea to Diamond
    Celebrity
    9
    Emi Martinez Jeered by Lille Fans in Tense Match
    Emi Martinez Jeered by Lille Fans in Tense Match
    Sport
    10
    WHO IS RAPHAEL OKIOT? City Lawyer killed in Fatal Nkumba Accident today Morning!
    WHO IS RAPHAEL OKIOT? City Lawyer killed in Fatal Nkumba Accident today Morning!
    Breaking
    Listen to Music on Nowviba