Kenya e-visa services starting January 2021
Tourists coming to Kenya beginning 2021 will make an application for their visa through e-visa.The Kenya announces e-visa services starting January 2021.
The Kenyan government will automate its services to the e-visa which will require anyone seeking to travel to Kenya to make an application for a visa via the new platform before boarding a flight.k
“The E-visa can be obtained through www.evisa.go.ke,” Deputy Director of Immigration services Alicent Odipo said in a statement.
The move by the Kenyan government to automate visa services have been informed by among other things, reduction of in-person visitation to immigration, offices to apply for a visa.
This is one of the moves adopted by many countries in the coronavirus era.
Besides, it allows one to make an application for an electronic visa using a phone which is highly convenient.
The government has been working towards reviving the tourism sector after the first bout of COVID-19 in March.
The tourism sector was completely ravaged. When the cases seemed to go down in August when international flights resumed, major hotel operators resumed business amid strict health and safety guidelines.
Although Kenya is currently experiencing the hardships of the second wave of coronavirus, most tour and travel operators are back in business.
Even as the Tourism Ministry under the stewardship of Najib Balala makes an effort to revive the sector, it will have to contend with lost revenue for the year 2022 ending in December.
The tourism sector in 2019 earned Kenya Ksh163.6 billion which was a 3.9 per cent rise from 2018 where Ksh157.4 came in.
However, domestic tourism has resumed with a bang, most Kenyans travelling to the coast following the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions by the government in July.
In mid-August, hoteliers at the Coast were optimistic that business would resume fully should the trend continue.