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What is the change? Newly re-elected President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced that the country will waive visas for all African nationals and waive work permits for all nationals from the East African Community (Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda).
What does the change mean? All citizens of African countries, including business visitors, who hold a valid passport will be permitted to travel to Kenya without first needing to obtain a visa, and all EAC nationals will need only show their national ID to enter Kenya for work.
BAL Analysis: The change will make it easier for Africans traveling to Kenya and could lead to more African countries adopting a similar open-door policy. African nationals will be able to travel to Kenya without a visa and apply for an entry visa at a port of entry. Now that Kenya has implemented the EAC’s protocol relating to the free movement of workers, other member states may be pressured to reciprocate.
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