In a landmark announcement made during the 60th Independence Day celebration in Nairobi, President William Ruto declared that Kenya is set to become a visa-free country, welcoming travellers from around the world without the need for a visa, starting January 2024.
President Ruto, in his address, underscored Kenya’s significance as the cradle of humanity, a scientific fact that fills the nation with pride and emphasises its rich heritage. The decision to remove visa requirements is seen as a strategic move to position Kenya as an extraordinary destination and promote global unity.
“That Kenya is the human of humanity is a scientific fact that fills us with pride and underscores our rich heritage. It is with great pleasure as president of this extraordinary country to make a historic announcement of the decision of the government of Kenya. Beginning January 2024, Kenya will be a visa-free country,” he emphasised.
To implement this groundbreaking policy, the government has developed a sophisticated digital platform. This platform will ensure that all travellers to Kenya are identified in advance through an electronic system. President Ruto highlighted that travelers will obtain an electronic travel authorization as they enter Kenya, streamlining the process and enhancing security measures.
“To implement this new policy, we have developed a digital platform to ensure that all travelers to Kenya are identified in advance on an electronic platform. Consequently, all travelers will obtain an electronic travel authorization as they come to Kenya,” the President disclosed.
Kenya’s decision places it among a select few countries globally and on the African continent that offer complete visa-free access to citizens from all corners of the world. This move is anticipated to have far-reaching effects, including a potential boost to the tourism industry, improved international relations, and an enhanced global image for Kenya.
The digital platform not only streamlines the visa process but also serves as a forward-thinking measure to ensure efficient tracking of visitors while maintaining security standards. As Kenya opens its doors wider to the global community, the government aims to create an environment that fosters cultural exchange, economic growth and diplomatic ties.