President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday announced that Kenyans will now be able to enter South Africa visa free for a period of 90 days, during an Official State Visit to the country.
During the visit, several bilateral agreements were signed between the two nations.
“We agreed that indeed Kenyans should be able to visit South Africa without requiring them to have visas… this dispensation will commence on the 1st of January 2023 and that our officials will speed up the processes of putting it into effect,” Ramaphosa said.
He explained that the new dispensation will be available to Kenyans for a 90-day period in a year, adding that government will review this arrangement, get reports from ministers and see how it is functioning.
Ramaphosa is convinced the move will strengthen the relationship between the two countries.
“More importantly [the agreement strengthens] the people to people contact. Kenyans and South Africans have multiplicities of relations both business, social, communal and at relative level.
“Tourism between our two countries will be greatly enhanced through this,” he said.
During the talks, Kenya and South Africa also signed agreements in the areas of correctional and prison services, housing and human settlements, arts and culture, as well as in schools of government.