Kenya Airways said Wednesday its passengers will be denied boarding of flight or denied entry to Kenya if they do not have printed copy of their e-visa with them from Sept. 1.
The East African nation in July introduced mandatory online visa system, eVisa, which will allow foreign nationals to apply and pay for visas online.
The new system, which took effect on July 1, is part of the government’s continuous efforts to improve delivery of services to the public. The government gave a grace period that expires on 31st August 2015.
“Effective Sept.1, passengers may be denied boarding of their flight to Kenya or denied entry to Kenya if they do not have printed copy of their e-visa with them,” the airline said in a statement issued in Nairobi.
The country’s Department of Immigration Services has put in place a system for online application, payment and issuance of visa for visitors coming to Kenya.
The government said the online application system will significantly streamline the processing and issuance of visas for foreign nationals visiting Kenya.
Upon successful completion, the applicant will receive an eVisa via e-mail. Upon arrival in Kenya, the traveller should show the eVisa to officials at the port of entry where a hard-copy visa will then be endorsed in the passport.
In June, the government said the manual system that has been in place for application and issuance of visa will run currently with the eVisa system until Sept. 1 when it will be phased out.
Sources said besides service delivery, the new measures are aimed at countering security challenges in Kenya. Enditem