DRC scraps visa requirements for Kenyans

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Kenyans will no longer be required to get visas before travelling to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The DRC on Wednesday lifted visa restrictions on Kenyans traveling to the country.

The announcement came five days after Kenya announced visa-free requirements for DRC citizens coming to Kenya.

In a statement on Wednesday, The Directorate General of Migration in DRC said the move, was effective on the same day Kenya lifted its Visa requirements in Congo on September 1, 2023.

In a circular dated August 25, Immigration director-general Evelyn Cheluget said this has been effected as per directive from the President.

“The government has removed DRC from category 2 to category 1 of the visa requirement in compliance with the East Africa Community,” the circular reads.

This, she noted, is per the regulations of the free movement of persons within the member states.

In May during the African Private Sector Dialogue Conference on Free Trade, President William Ruto told the African delegates that, that might be the last time they will pay for visas to visit the country.

In August, Indonesia was the third country within that month that the government announced it would enjoy visiting the country visa-free.

Comoros and Senegal nationals were in July given the freedom to come into the country visa-free.

In February this year, Eritrea and Kenya agreed to permanently scrap visa requirements for their citizens.

In June, Kenya and Djibouti pushed for a visa-free regime to spur trade between the two countries.

Also, Kenyans holding ordinary passports were granted visa-free entry to South Africa, according to a new visa-free regime between the two countries.

The President in November 2022 said the deal had been arrived at, after an intervention by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.