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No More Visa Requirements for Kenyans travelling to South Africa

Be careful of what you wish for, because you may get it.

Effective from January 2023, residents of Kenya will be allowed to travel to South Africa without the need for Visa stamps on their passports.

But each traveler from Nairobi will be entitled to a Visa-Free stay for 90 days, or three months, upon landing in Durban, Johannesburg or Cape-Town.

The agreement has been hatched between the Kenyan Head of State, President William Ruto and the South African leader, Cyril Ramaphosa.

The South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is in Kenya for an official visit which is essentially for bilateral talks with his host, President William Ruto.

In a joint press briefing at the Nairobi State House, the African National Congress (ANC) leader said it was high time Kenyans enjoyed visa-free travels to South Africa.

It should be good news for Kenyans who seem to like South Africa more than other countries on the continent.

According to search engine Google, Kenyans seem to be mostly looking up about South Africa when typing in the search bar.

South Africans are also searching about Kenya but not as much as they probe ‘Nigeria.’

Nigerians are also searching about Kenya and South Africa. Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa are the three economic giants on the continent.

Now with no Visa requirements for Kenyans to travel to Johannesburg, the virtual Google Searches may become more physical with plane tickets being bought.

However, it seems the move is still on test-drive, after one year, the two countries will have to review the arrangement.

Tanzania, being a member of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), with South Africa, already enjoys Visa-Free travel to Johannesburg.

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