The government has received a total of 9,787 applications for its Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) system after launching a visa-free system for travellers into the country.

Immigration PS Julius Bitok revealed that 4,046 of these applications have already been processed, while the remainder are currently under review, with priority given to applicants based on their travel schedules.

The ETA system aims to provide a fairer, faster, and more reliable process that aligns with Kenya’s security and strategic interests.

Before the ETA, citizens from 51 countries enjoyed visa-free entry to Kenya, while travellers from 155 other countries had to go through a visa application process that cost $50.

“We will continue to review and refine the ETA system to ensure it aligns with our clients’ convenience and supports our commitment to making Kenya a welcoming destination for visitors and investors. With the ETA system now in place, we proudly declare to the world: ‘Welcome Home!’” stated the Immigration PS.

Under the new system, travelers apply online for an electronic travel authorization (ETA) and pay a $30 “processing” fee.

President William Ruto announced in December last year that Kenya would become a “visa-free country,” waiving existing requirements starting this January.