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How to get a visa to visit Kenya for the Africa T10 League

by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

Kenya has an easy to use visa portal, allowing cricket fans from all over the world to attend the first ever Africa T10 League.
With the announcement of the Africa T10 League by Kenya, the country drew more attention to itself as a rising cricket powerhouse.

Kenya is well suited to host the tournament, as even most non-African cricket fans can easily travel to the country with a simple online visa procedure.

Kenya and cricket

Kenya made a splash on the international cricket scene when they reached the semi-final of the 2003 Word Cup. This was a first in cricket history, as Kenya was the only non-Test playing country to make it all the way to the semi-finals of a World Cup. While they were eventually outmatched by India, who won by 91 runs, Kenya showed everyone that that could compete at the top of the cricket world. After the 2003 World Cup achievement, cricket exploded in popularity in Kenya. In 2011, Cricket Kenya, the national cricket body, created two fresh competitions: the East African Cup (50 over a side format) and the East Africa Premier League (T20 format). More recently, Kenya announced the Africa T10 League, in order for cricket on the continent to continue to grow. Based on how the first version goes, the intention is for it to become a yearly event.

Online visa procedure meant to welcome international fans

Kenya has no shortage of venues that have full ODI status. Almost all of them are located in the capital Nairobi, though one can be found in the port city of Mombasa. As such, the country is well-equipped to host high-quality cricket matches.

Another reason why Kenya makes for a good host is that it is among the more accessible countries in Africa for both African and non-African tourists. Most African countries, as well as some non-African ones such as Singapore and Malaysia, have agreements with Kenya that allow for their citizens to travel to the country without needing a visa. They can stay in Kenya for up to 90 days visa-free.
Additionally, Kenya is also accommodating to western cricket fans who are interested in attending the first ever Africa T10 league.

Nationals from most western countries can easily apply for their required visa for Kenya online. In early 2021, Kenya pushed through a massive modernization project with regard to its visa system. As a result, all visas for Kenya are now to be applied for via a modern online portal, rather than at the airport or at the embassy. Usually, applying takes no more than five to ten minutes. You are required to provide both a scan of your passport and a photograph of yourself, as well as information on where you will be staying. The standard tourist visa for Kenya is good for a stay of up to 90 days.

With its welcoming visa system and modern cricket venues, Kenya is looking to return to the forefront of international cricket.

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