Home | News    Monday 3 March 2014

Kenya, South Sudan strike visa deal: report

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

March 1, 2014 (NAIROBI) – Kenyans travelling to South Sudan will no longer experience hassles when applying for visas once a new agreement struck between the countries’ respective presidents last week comes into effect.

JPEG - 20.4 kb
South Sudanese president Salva Kiir (L) and Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta (Photo: AP/Ali Ngethi)

"This is an important development for Kenya and the region. It shows that we are prepared to walk the talk,"Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta was quoted saying upon his return from the South Sudan capital, Juba.

He added that the visa deal was significant in terms of recent gains in northern corridor infrastructure talks that partly seek to see the free movement of people, goods and services in the region.

Under the new deal, South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, reportedly agreed to a request that Kenyans be granted visas at the border or any entry points. Kenyans usually pay $50 as single entry visa fees to South Sudan.

A key ally of South Sudan, Kenya has major economic stakes in the new nation and the new visa arrangement is seen as key in protecting the country’s interest. Kenya also played a vital role in negotiations that led to the 2005 signing of South Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

Last year, Botswana announced last year that South Sudanese intending to travel to the country need not apply for entry visas any more provided they held passports lawfully issued by the relevant authorities and valid for a period of at least 12 months.

Botswana was among the first countries that recognised South Sudan’s independence, when the latter seceded from neighbouring Sudan in July 2011.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 3 March 2014 07:37, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    Kenyans should be screened for HiV or aids at Loki clinics before entering our soil .because we are losing our handsome sons to their aids affected whores.

    repondre message

  • 3 March 2014 11:09, by Bauer

    Good move for either Countries, boosting economic ties, better and faster development hoping the corruption will minimize.To the above comment, no one forces a man to have sex with any woman.Normally us men take ourselves there and if you forget to protect yourself then it’s up to you.There should be no stigmatization of HIV/AIDS people but rather men should exercise self discipline!

    repondre message

Comment on this article


 
 

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Dr. Machar should take a preemptive strike against his IO enemies 2016-05-06 07:00:23 By Gordon Buay Politics is NOT only a dirty game as the saying goes. It is also a game where allowing your opponents to cock their guns to should you is considered a fetal mistake. A smart (...)

Invisible, Forgotten, and Suffering: Darfuri Refugees in Eastern Chad 2016-04-28 18:24:28 By Eric Reeves There are more than 20 million refugees worldwide—and half of them are children. Moreover, according to the UN High Commission for refugees, 86 percent of these refuges are in (...)

Return of Dr. Machar to Juba and next political move 2016-04-26 22:23:10 By James Okuk After exhausting the immature dramatic politicking about return of Dr. Riek Machar to Juba to take up his duties as the First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan for 30 (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Open Letter to President Salva Kiir and 1st Vice President Dr. Riek Machar 2016-04-18 12:36:12 South Sudan Women United April 15, 2016 Your Excellencies: South Sudan Women United writes to congratulate you both on the steps you are taking towards ending violence in South Sudan and (...)

Report on a tour of the SPLM-N secretary-general in the Nuba Mountains 2016-04-02 07:11:03 Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N) *** Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan March 30, 2016 · The SPLM-N is for peace, but the Addis Ababa Agreement will co-opt the opposition into the (...)

Sudan: Silencing women rights defenders 2016-03-31 20:22:15 Human Rights Watch Sudan: Silencing Women Rights Defenders Sexual Abuse, Intimidation by Security Forces (Nairobi, March 24, 2016) – Sudanese security forces have used sexual violence, (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2016 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.