Immigration Department announces shift to e-visa starting January 2021

The new Kenyan E-passport. [Photo Wikipedia]

Starting January 2021, Kenya will have a fully automated e-visa issuance service.

In a statement sent to newsrooms dated November 2, the Immigration department said that those seeking to enter Kenya from countries that require a visa to be in Kenya can now obtain one from the new service.

They should have the e-visa before boarding a plane to Kenya.

“The E-visa can be obtained through,” Deputy Director of Immigration services Alicent Odipo said in the Statement.

World over, there is a major shift to the electronic visa. It is convenient for travellers across the world.

The beauty of an e-visa is that one can make their visa application with a simple gadget such as a mobile phone.

In the era of COVID-19, it has cut down on in-person visitation to embassies which have been part of the submission process.

This is aimed at embracing technology and expediting the process of visa application as well as a precautionary measure due to COVID-19.

In April, the Kenyan Immigration Department said that it would start same-day processing of passports on July 1.

Immigration Director-General Alexander Muteshi said that “The same day service delivery to citizens is a presidential initiative that our CS, Dr Fred Matiang’ i, is keen to have all agencies under the Ministry of Interior and Co-ordination of National Government deliver on by July 1st, 2020.”

He added: “The Directorate of Immigration has assessed and identified machinery and human resource as some of the major militating factors against the delivery on this objective. The government is already addressing our requirements by availing the necessary resource configuration to fully implement this directive.”