The Kenya government has waived Visa to South Sudanese citizens who hold a valid passport. The move will allow travelers visiting Kenya to go without obtaining Visa as generally required for the foreign national.
“This waiver of the visa requirement for the Republic of South Sudan citizen takes immediate effect from the date of this press release,” Kenya Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated on Monday.
The decision said is in accordance with the provisions of the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community and The common market protocol on free movement of labor and persons for the citizens of the neighboring states adopted in November 20, 2009.
Kenya said the visa waiver demonstrates the strong partnership and cooperation between the states.
“It will enhance cultural ties and strengthen the economy of both countries encouraging free movement of person and labor which are critical pillars in the integration of the East African Community.”
South Sudan Ambassador to Kenya, Chol Ajongo welcomes the development. He said the principles of waiving Visa could also be applied to Kenyan Nation visiting South Sudan.
South Sudan instructed direct the Ministry of Interior to implement Visa waives for Kenyan nationals.
“The Ministry of Interior as a competent institution through its directorate of Nationality, immigration and passports will immediately operationalize the Visa waiver as per this statement.” Foreign Affairs stated.
A single visa entry costs 50 US dollars for South Sudan entering Kenya.