Registration of Kenyans in India, Singapore, Sri-Lanka & Bangladesh

Kenyans residing or visiting India and countries of accreditation are urged to ensure the laws and regulations are followed to the latter. In addition, they keep their immigration status valid at all times to avoid being arrested. All travel documents should valid and it is very important to register with the Mission in case of any eventualities.

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The Mission assists Kenyans in distress in the following ways:

  1. Notify the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on all cases of distressed Kenyans reported to the Mission.
  2. Seek consent from the relevant authorities to in order to provide consular assistance or visit incarcerated nationals.
  3. In case of death, facilitate the bereaved family to get in touch with a reputable Funeral Director/Undertaker.
  4. Provide information/updates to all Kenyans during crises, such as civil unrest, natural disasters/ epidemics.
  5. In cases of arrest or imprisonment, the Mission may assist in recommending legal counsellors to the family of the Kenyan under arrest or judicial custody. If necessary, the mission can also provide guidance on how to obtain a legal counsellor and interpreter.
  6. Monitor the situation involving the distressed Kenyan and provide updates to the family and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  7. Issue a one-way Emergency Travel Document (ETD) in case of a lost, Mutilated/damaged, or expired passport, upon application.

The Kenya High Commission does not assist in the following ways:

  1. Provide financial assistance for detained or stranded Kenyans.
  2. Act contrary to the law of the host country.
  3. Pay hotel, hospital or other bills, fines or bail including expenses incurred by hiring a lawyer or an interpreter.
  4. Give any guarantees or make financial commitments.
  5. Interfere with the legal proceedings nor influence the local judicial power to grant release.
  6. Provide legal advice on behalf of the accused Kenyan citizen.
  7. Store luggage or valuables.
  8. Provide travel agency, banking, postal or money changing services.
  9. Negotiate for special treatment, bail, or early release from prison.

Punishments for some crimes in India and countries of accreditation can be very severe. For example, trafficking of Miraa in India is an offence punishable under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance Act, 1985. Similarly, uttering words or gestures intended to insult the modesty of a woman are classified as sexual offences can result into imprisonment of up to one year. The sheer number of cases may make a pre-trial take a very long time to conclude.

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