Business visas eased for nationals of Cameroon, Mali, Senegal
4 May 18
IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? Kenya has announced it will remove Cameroon, Mali and Senegal from its list of referred nationals who require special authorization to obtain a visa.
What does the change mean? Effective July 14, nationals of the three West African countries may apply for a visa online, at a Kenyan mission, or upon arrival at Kenya’s ports of entry.
- Implementation time frame: July 14.
- Visas/permits affected: Business visas.
- Who is affected: Nationals of Cameroon, Mali, Senegal.
- Impact on processing times: The easing of the policy will save time for those who would otherwise need pre-approval from Nairobi—a process that takes up to three months. E-visas are processed in approximately two days, consular visas in about five to seven days, and visas-on-arrival immediately upon entry.
- Business impact: Business visits will be easier for nationals of the three countries, especially those traveling on short notice, as travelers will be able to apply for a visa online or travel without a visa and apply upon entry.
Background: Kenya requires certain “restricted nationals” to apply for a Referred Business Visa that requires special approval by the Directorate of Immigration Services in Nairobi.
BAL Analysis: The change in policy will facilitate business travel from Cameroon, Mali and Senegal. Travelers are reminded that work activities are proscribed while on a business visa and that hands-on or productive work requires an appropriate work pass.
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