Kenyans will henceforth apply for Chinese visa directly without undergoing the hassle of pre-booking visa processing appointments after the Chinese Embassy announced the removal of visa appointments effective from November 20, 2023.
Kenyans seeking a Chinese visa will now directly submit their applications to the service in Nairobi where all applications shall only be done during working hours.
In its statement, the embassy said the move will ease the process for local travelers to the East Asian economic powerhouse.
“In order to further facilitate the exchange of China and Kenya, the Chinese Embassy in Kenya will completely cancel visa appointments from November 20, 2023.” The statement read in part.
The embassy also noted that the fees for application and processing remain unchanged.
Last month, president William Ruto went on his first trip to China since he took office.
He went for a three-state visit, where his hunt for public-private partnerships bore fruit after Kenya and China signed more deals.
The trip was significant as this year, Kenya and China are marking six decades of formal diplomatic relations.
President Ruto said that the relations have provided a robust and enduring foundation for successful engagements across a broad spectrum of social, political, cultural, and economic spheres of bilateral endeavor.
The president and Chinese president Xi Jinping also held bilateral talks, on the sidelines of the Belt and Roads Summit.
The two leaders agreed that cooperation between the two countries has been rewarding.
They also agreed to further strengthen the strategic working relationship between the two countries.