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Government addresses concerns over Visa-Free entry access to Kenya

Government to rely on the Integrated Border Management Information System in Ruto’s Visa-Free entry access to Kenya.

Following President William Ruto’s decision permitting visa-free entry, government Spokesperson Isaac Mwaura has said that technology will be utilized to regulate the expected influx of travelers beginning in January 2024.

In a statement dated Thursday, Mwaura detailed that the government will rely on the Integrated Border Management Information System for the exercise.

According to Mwaura, government will use the prior electronic travel authorisation to mitigate delays and help advance the security of the country.

Mwaura made the revelations amid security concerns raised by a section of Kenyans who anticipated higher traffic at the airports.

The government Spokesperson maintained that the initiative by Ruto’s administration was necessary as it would promote tourism and boost the economy in the long run.

“Our growing global presence necessitates us also to open doors for visitors to our country and boost our tourism sector in turn. Currently, we receive about 1.48 million tourists.

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“This will increase to 2.5 million in the short term and over 4.5 million by 2027, bulging our income from tourism by over 200 per cent,” read the statement in part.

Detailed security measures on how the government will move to deny entry to scrupulous individuals will ill intent are yet to be detailed to the public.

The visa-free entry declaration is set to take effect from January 2024, as declared by Ruto during the 60th Jamhuri Day Celebrations.

Ruto said the move will be more beneficial to Kenya owing to the anticipated increase in trade and tourism activities.

Notably, the President extended an invitation to other nations to emulate Kenya and open their borders to trade and tourism.

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