Kenyans on transit through South Africa will no longer require transit documents.
This comes after agreements between the Cabinet Secretary for Interior in Kenya Joseph Nkaissery and South Africa’s Minister for Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba.
The condition will however depend on the number of hours Kenyans spend in South Africa while on transit.
“We have appointed a high level strategic committee to look into these issues before the signing takes effect,” said Gigaba.
Kenyans will now pay reduced visa fees of $49 down from $70.
The seven days it takes to process visas to South Africa would also be reduced to a maximum five.
Businessmen will benefit from the introduction of multiple entry visas. The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) has welcomed the development, saying it will enhance trade between the two countries and offering to vet business people travelling to South Africa to avoid abuse of the relaxed rules.
“Students studying in the country will get long term visas, aligned to the time period of their course of study. Those with critical skills will be granted permanent residence in South Africa to make use of their techniques there,” Gigaba added.
The ultimate goal is to have Kenyans travelling to South Africa visa-free but until then Nkaissery reiterated that Kenyans will still have to follow the same visa process required through third party firm VFS Global.