Kenya is facing a backlash over the visa-free entry policy introduced for all foreigners this month, with
some terming it “hectic”.
President William Ruto announced the policy last month to advocate for a visa-free travel within the
Kenyan authorities have since clarified that while the country grants visa-free entry, visitors need to
apply for electronic travel authorisation (ETA) by submitting documentation and paying a $30 (£23)
The requirement also applies to countries whose citizens previously had unrestricted access to Kenya.\
By Sunday, Kenya had received more than 9,000 visa applications through the digital platform,
But some foreigners are now criticising the government, saying that the new policy has created
confusion and made travel to Kenya tougher and costlier.
Some Kenyans have voiced fears that the tougher restrictions could trigger a boycott by some foreigners
or that other countries could impose reciprocal restrictions.