Kenya new online visa will go through review

August 06, 2015
Kenya government would likely to run both the manual and online visas for tourists, following the warnings given by tourism industry as Kenya might lose about 30 billion Kenyan Shillings revenue annually.

In the last month, Kenyan ministry had set September 1 as a deadline to phase out the manual tourist visa applications at the Kenyan airports upon the entry.

Kenya online tourist visa will go under review

The department of immigration already has started the online tourist visa processing through the website www.ecitizen.go.ke with visas to be issued within a week, but there are so many complaints and long delays were being registered.

After the meeting between tourism industry officials and interior minister PS Monicah Juma, it was decided to keep the both online and manual systems till the problems become solved.  

The tourist operators also believe that if all the tourists are forced to get an advance visa in online, it will make catastrophic impact and fall in the number of visitors.

"Many visitors have complained that they are unable to use it and have no choice but to cancel their trip because they cannot get a visa online," said Jake Grieves-Cooke, Managing Director of Gamewatchers Safaris.

Indications say that about half of the people who tried for an online visa had given up because it is impossible to get a visa. However, the 30 percent reduction of tourists would equate over $300 million revenue loss per year.

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