On Wednesday, November 9, Kenya’s President William Ruto held bilateral talks with his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa.
President Ramaphosa was received at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) by Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Alfred Mutua and Mining Cabinet Secretary Salim Mvurya
Ramaphosa is in the country for a two-day State visit that will be aimed at enabling South Africa to deepen economic, political, cultural, and social relations with Kenya, the leading economy in the East African region.
Speaking at the start of his two-day state visit to Kenya, President Ramaphosa said that Kenyans will no longer require visas to enter South Africa starting January 2023.
“On behalf of Kenyans, I express appreciation for the progress that we have made in the long-awaited visa-free regime between Kenya and South Africa,
“We have discussed the issue of visas between South Africa and Kenya, with a view to allowing Kenyans to visit South Africa on a visa-free basis,” President Ramaphosa said.
The South Africa Head of State however clarified that the Visa-free program will be available to Kenyans for a 90-day period per year.
While appreciating President Ramaphosa, William Ruto confirmed that Kenyans holding ordinary passports will be allowed to enter South Africa for up to 90 days.
“On behalf of Kenyans, I express appreciation for the progress that we have made in the long-awaited visa-free regime between Kenya and South Africa,” William Ruto said.
South Africans have since 2017 been able to visit Nairobi without a visa for up to 90 days.
It is worth noting that as South Africans have been visiting Nairobi without the travel document; Kenyan Nationals have been paying up to KSh 4,800 for South African visa processing.