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China removes visa appointments for Kenyans

Starting November 20, 2023, Chinese visa applicants in Kenya will no longer need to schedule an appointment to visit a Chinese consular post to submit hard copies of their visa application documents.

Instead, Kenyans seeking a Chinese visa to submit their applications directly to the Visa application service centre in Nairobi.

“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 part.

The embassy said Kenyans seeking Chinese visas should submit their applications directly to the Visa Application Service Centre in Nairobi.

However, all applications should be made during working hours.

The embassy also noted that processing time and fees will remain the same.

Last month President William Ruto was in China hunting for public-private partnerships with Chinese firms.

The president was visiting China for the first time since he took over the office and he oversaw the signing of a memorandum of understanding with two Chinese entities, China Energy International Group and telecommunications giant Huawei.

He sought to woo Chinese firms to take advantage of opportunities presented by Kenya’s energy and ICT sectors.

The President and Chinese President Xi Jinping also held bilateral talks, on the sidelines of the Belt and Roads Summit.

The 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.

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