Kenya threatens to slap Visa sanction on South Africa
09 July 2015, 18:58
Nairobi - Kenya has threatened to slap Visa sanctions on South Africa if they do not relax their stringent Visa rules on Kenyans.
The country is set to have talks with their South Africans in August to discuss the issue that has brought great displeasure to Kenyans.
South Africa last year imposed tough rules on Kenyans seeking to visit the country, besides a service charge of around KES 5,850 for applications.
Visa processing now takes seven working days with those making visits of more than a month long asked pay additional KES 4,800.
According to Foreign Affairs CS Amina Mohammed, the rules will need to change if there is to be a level playing field.
" I think that we have been very lenient and supportive to visitors coming to Kenya and I would expect that we be treated the same," she said Thursday.
Officials from South Africa will be in the country August 3-5 she said.
If there is failure to secure an agreement, Kenya will from September 1 2015 set up a visa charge and ask South Africans
to apply online and wait for two days to get their travel documents.
At the moment, visitors from down south can get their Visas from the airport on arrival.
" I think that we will need to have a special arrangement then because there is no way we can pay for Visas and then be made to wait. That is simply not at all fair," she added.
South Africa has so far not relented in earlier talks between the two countries over the matter, which will likely cause concern seeing as the two countries have heavy traffic between them in terms of visitors.
" If they do not agree to our proposal then we will see it as lacking in diplomatic relations and thus impose our own fee, " Mohammed stressed.
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