Kenyans who travel a lot, as well as those who read our blog, know that we have an exceptionally beautiful planet. There are destinations in this world that are so breathtaking that they defy logic. The Dazu Rock Carvings in China; gorgeous views atop Table Mountain in South Africa; Ithaa undersea restaurant in the Maldives; the Smoo Cave in Scotland; Lake Baikal in Russia; and the death defying 180 foot Palouse Falls in Washington are all places that will have you questioning your sanity. Sadly, these are also examples of places that many may never get to see due to visa restrictions.
As surprising as it may sound, one of the main hindrances to world travel is not the lack of money. It is the strict regulations and guidelines imposed by most countries when it comes to getting a tourist visa. Imagine all those stunning destinations; all those mind-boggling cultural differences and all that wonderful foreign food only a Visa Application Approval away. Thankfully, there are certain destinations that do not require you to get a visa as long as you have a Kenyan International Passport.
Recently, Kenyan passport was ranked 50th in the world out of 199 indexed passports. This means that Kenyan passport holders enjoy visa-free access to 68 countries in the world including Mauritius, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Jamaica, Bahamas, Ethiopia, Philippines, Singapore. Many of these destinations will either grant you a visa on arrival or allow you to stay within their borders for a stipulated period of time completely Visa Free. Here are 10 of the gorgeous visa-free travel destinations for Kenyan travellers.
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This stunning Caribbean Archipelago has about 700 islands and cays just waiting for you to explore them. Some of these islands are resort packed and many are uninhabited. You can go scuba diving, sunbathing, swim in the beautiful Atlantic Ocean and even re-live the days of the Pirates of the Caribbean at the ‘Pirates of Nassau Museum’. Bahamas is visa-free for Kenyan citizens with international passports. You can only stay visa-free for 3 months and your passport has to be valid for not less than 6 months.
Rich with ancient culture; riddled with spectacular ruins and sprinkled with incredible natural beauty, Ethiopia is one of the most amazing Africa Nations. From the wonderfully beautiful people, to the awe-inspiring Blue Nile Falls, Danakil Depression, Lalibela and Awash National Park, Ethiopia will stun as much as it will seduce you. Kenyans can visit and stay visa-free within this splendid neighbouring country for up to a year. You however, must have a valid passport and sufficient funds to cover your stay as well as documentation for your next destination.
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Magnificent Fiji has more than 300 islands that are surrounded by pristine beaches. This gorgeous Republic is set on a backdrop of clear turquoise waters and is riddled with dynamic underwater coral as well as acres and acres of lush tropical jungle. Fijiis awash with natural beauty and Kenyan travellers can visit and explore her various destinations visa-free for up to 4 months. Your passport must be valid for not less than 6 months and a healthy sense of adventure is encouraged.
With 10 regions that each have its own customs, culture, foods and culture, Ghana is about as diverse as it gets. This West African Nation is not only intriguing but it is also very hospitable. It might not have sky hugging mountains or the Maasai Mara, but it does have a healthy helping of palm-lined beaches, an assortment of national parks and a host of ancient castles and forts that will keep you busy throughout your stay. Kenyan travellers can visit this astonishing melting pot of cultural diversity visa -free for up to 90 days. You must have a return or onward ticket or you will be refused entry.
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We bet you didn’t know about this one. Kiribati is a quaint island republic in Central Pacific. It is choke-full of white-sandy beaches, lagoons and a host of uninhabited islands that make her perfect for diving, fishing and bird watching. If you are looking for a quiet little place to hide-away along the Equator, then Kiribati is willing to host you visa-free for up to 90 days. You however, must have a return/onward ticket or you will be refused entry.
Yet another extraordinary island nation, Mauritius in the Indian Ocean is as beautiful as they come. Well known for her refreshingly good weather, astounding beaches, awe-inspiring lagoons and reefs, Mauritius is not only gorgeous, she is spectacular. The interior offers her visitors amazing natural attractions such as the Black River Gorges National Park, lush rainforests, picturesque hiking trails, rainbow-churning waterfalls and interesting native fauna such as the ‘flying fox’. Mauritius welcomes Kenyan visitors visa-free for up to 90 days.
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We bet you didn’t know about this one neither. Sprawled across the western Pacific, Micronesia is an island nation of astonishing beauty. She has well over 600 islands that boast palm-shaded beaches, wreck-filled dives and interesting ancient ruins such as sunken basalt temples, burial vaults and Nan Madol among many others. As a Kenyan traveller, you can savour the stunning beauty offered by Micronesia Visa-free for up to 30 days. Your passport must be valid for no less than 4 months and you must have a return/onward ticket or you will be refused entry.
8. Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Kitts and Nevis is a two-island nation that has a lot to say and show her visitors. Situated in the West Indies, these beautiful Caribbean islands will have you exploring a once mighty fortress, climbing a dormant volcano and a riding a narrow gauge railway that offers superlative views. All this with a backdrop of gorgeous beaches, wonderful people and great weather that simply won’t quit. You can visit Saint Kitts and Nevis visa-free up to 3 months. You must have a Kenyan international passport that has been valid for no less than 6 months and a return or onward ticket.
9. Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda
Falling within the confines of the East African Community, as a Kenyan you only need to hold a valid national ID or a passport to travel to any of these three neighbouring countries. You will be issued a visa on arrival in Rwanda for a maximum stay of 6 months. As for beautiful Tanzania and Uganda, no visa is required unless you intend to stay for more than 3 months in either country. Visit the Serengeti in Tanzania or sojourn with the Gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda; see what our neighbours have in store for you.
A stunning small island nation in the South Pacific, Vanuatu has about 80 islands that simply do not play around when it comes to beauty. From scenic beaches, to coral reefs that will put your scuba diving skills to the test; underwater caverns, hiking trails, kayaking, rainforest Eco tours as well as a host of resorts and spas, Vanuatu is as gorgeous as she is thrilling. As a Kenyan, you can visit this island nation visa-free for up to 30 days. You must have a Kenyan international passport that has been valid for no less than 6 months and a return or onward ticket.
As a Kenyan, it is up to you to choose which one of these many wonderful destinations you want to visit. There is saying that you haven’t lived until you have travelled the world. Start living today and visit any of these gorgeous places absolutely visa-free.