The recently introduced Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) system has generated approximately Sh.158.8 million (USD 1 million) for the government within the past week, with 32,000 foreigners utilizing the platform to apply for visits to Kenya.
Recent data from the Immigration Department reveals that out of the received applications, around 25,000 have been successfully processed, while 110 have been rejected due to security concerns.
The remaining applications are currently in various stages of processing.
Julius Bitok, Principal Secretary of Immigration and Citizen Services, expects a growth in revenue from the platform in the coming weeks.
“We have been able to generate USD 1 million (approx. Sh.158.8 million) in the last one week.
This is a much-needed foreign exchange
The number of tourists coming has increased because we have made traveling to Kenya easy,” he stated in a Thursday newsroom statement.
Bitok emphasized that the adoption of ETA aims to improve security measures and gather essential passenger information in advance, aligning with a global trend in travel protocols.
“Many countries in Europe and America have already introduced ETA, and in doing the same, Kenya is being a trailblazer in Africa as it has always been,” he explained.
The PS also mentioned that the ETA system, replacing the Visa requirement for entry to Kenya, is under review to further reduce the turnaround time for applications and approvals.
Bitok disclosed that unnecessary details, including personal bank statements, have been eliminated from the ETA application to enhance its user-friendliness.
The Immigration Department’s announcement follows President William Ruto’s decision to abolish Visa requirements for global visitors starting January 2024, as announced during the 60th Jamhuri Day celebrations on December 12, 2023.
“Beginning January 2024, Kenya will be a Visa-free country.
It shall no longer be necessary for any person from any corner of the globe to carry the burden of applying for a visa to come to Kenya,” said Ruto.