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First ‘visa-free’ tourists arrive in Kenya

# Kenya has welcomed the first batch of foreign tourists who arrived under a simplified entry system it hopes will encourage more visitors. The government’s immigration services department says, the “maiden visa-free arrivals” landed in Nairobi from Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa and more are expected to touch down in the coming days. Under the new system, travellers apply online for an electronic travel authorization (ETA) and pay a “processing” fee of around 560-rand. Last year president William Ruto announced that Kenya would become a “visa-free country” for people all over the world and existing requirements would be waived come January.