Kenya To Start E-Visa Services In 2021

The Kenyan government on Tuesday announced plans to shift to e-visa services effective from Jan. 1, 2021.

The Immigration department said passengers from countries requiring a visa to enter Kenya are expected to have the document before boarding a plane.

“We wish to inform you that 100 per cent e-visa will be effected from Jan. 1, 2021, Therefore all passengers from countries that require e-visa to enter Kenya shall be required to apply and obtain e-visa before boarding an aircraft,’’ deputy director of immigration services Alicent Odipo said in a statement.

The Department of Immigration Services said it has put in place a system for online application, payment and issuance of e-visa for visitors coming to Kenya.

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The government said the online application system will significantly streamline the processing and issuance of visas for foreign nationals visiting Kenya.

Upon successful completion, the applicant will receive an e-visa via e-mail. On arrival in Kenya, the traveler should show the e-visa to officials at the port of entry where a hard copy visa will then be endorsed in the passport.

The latest move came as airports across the world are upgrading their technological solutions to ensure biometric check-ins of travelers in the near future.

E-visa services allow customers to submit their visa applications using just a mobile phone as it does not require a visit in person to the application center as part of the submission process.

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Government officials say besides service delivery, the new measures are aimed at countering security challenges in Kenya.

Kenya has been the target of the Somali-based Al-Shabab militants, who have killed dozens of people in sporadic attacks carried out mostly at the coastal town of Mombasa and in the northeastern region near the border with Somalia.

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