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Visa Requirements for Kenya

This is to inform the general public that as of 15 April 2015, all passport applications must be made via www.ecitizen.go.ke. Manual applications will not be accepted.

A visa is required for entry into Kenya for most people (see below for exceptions). A ordinary visa (also known as a tourist visa) is used by tourists. This visa is issued at any Kenyan embassy, or can be issued on arrival at an entry point to citizens of any country listed in Category 2 in the Visas section of the Immigration website (link below). It grants tourists / visitors the authorization to enter the country through designated entry points on the border, through airports, and harbour stations. 

 

Please note that the possession of a Kenyan visa is not the final authority to enter Kenya. The immigration officer at the port of entry may deny entry if the visitor is unable to fulfill the immigration requirements and if the entry and presence of such a person in Kenya would be contrary to the national interests of Kenya, even if such a person is in possession of a valid visa for Kenya.

Visa Descriptions:

  1. Single Entry - Allows you to enter into Kenya once (see also note below)
  2. Transit - Allows a short stop over (up to 3 days) in Kenya (see also note below).
  3. Multiple Entry - Allows entry multiple times into Kenya.

Note: No visa is required for direct transit (not leaving the secure area of the airport, aka staying 'airside', within the airport terminal) between two flights. If you are in transit but leave the secure area of the airport, for example for an overnight stay between flights, for a period of less than 24 hours then a transit visa is required.
 
Note: A single entry visa will allow re-entry to Kenya from any of the following East African countries: Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, and Rwanda.

 

Visa Requirements:

Obtained in advance:

  1. A complete visa application form. A copy of the form is available on the web, at any Kenyan embassy, or at any entry point into Kenya.
  2. Valid passport (at least 6 months before expiration). There must be at least two facing blank visa pages available,one for the Kenya visa sticker and one facing for the stamps.
  3. Two passport size photograph recently taken.
  4. Visa fee (see below).

Obtained on Arrival:

  1. A complete visa application form. A copy of the form is available on the web, at any Kenyan embassy, or at any entry point into Kenya.
  2. Valid passport (at least 6 months before expiration). There must be at least two facing blank visa pages available,one for the Kenya visa sticker and one facing for the stamps..
  3. Visa fee (see below).

Note: No photographs are required for a visa on arrival as you are photographed and finger printed at the Immigration desk.

Visa Fees:

  1. Single entry visa - US$50.00 or £30 or €40
  2. Multiple entry visa - US$110.00 or £60
  3. Transit visa - US$20.00 or £10

 

CATEGORIES OF VISAS

CATEGORY 1:

a. NATIONALS OF THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES DO NOT REQUIRE VISAS TO ENTER KENYA.

Barbados, Fiji Island, Malaysia (For less than 30 days stay), Samoa, St. Lucia, Uganda
Belize, Ghana, Maldives, Sierra Leone, St. Kitts and Nevis Zambia
Botswana, Grenada, Mauritius, Singapore, Swaziland, Mauritius
Brunei, Darussalam, Jamaica, Namibia, South Africa (For less than 30 days stay) Tanzania, Namibia
Burundi, Kiribati, Nauru, Solomon Islands ,Seychelles, Tanzania
Cyprus, Lesotho, Papua, New Guinea, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad, Tobago
Dominica, Malawi ,Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Vanuatu
The Bahamas, Tonga, Tuvalu

b. THE FOLLOWING PERSONS DO NOT REQUIRE VISAS TO ENTER KENYA.

i. All persons whose passports are endorsed with valid Kenya re-entry passes or any other written authority in lieu of a re-entry pass.
ii. All passengers arriving and leaving by the same ship, and who do not leave the ship.
iii. All passengers in transit through Kenya arriving and leaving by the same aircraft or transferring to another aircraft and who do not leave the international transit lounges at the International Airports in Kenya.
iv. Holders of United Nations Organization Laissez-Passers whilst on official UN Business.
v. Holders of African Union Laissez-Passers whilst on official A.U. business.
vi. Holders of African Development Bank Laissez-Passers, whilst on official A.D.B. business
vii. Holders of Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa Laissez-Passers, whilst on official ABEDA business.
viii. Holders of International Red Locust Control Organization for Central and Southern Africa Laissez-Passers, whilst on official I.R.L.C.O. business.
ix. Holders of Desert Locust Control Organization Laissez-Passers, whilst on official D.L.C.O. business.
x. Holders of COMESA Laissez-Passers, whilst on official COMESA business. xi. Holders of International Monetary Fund and World Bank Laissez – Passers whilst on official IMF/World Bank Business.
xii. Holders of Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Laissez- Passers whilst on official IGAD business.
xiii. Holders of African Airlines Travel Association (IATA) Laissez- Passers whilst on official business.
xiv. Holders of Environment Liaison Centre International (ELCI) Laissez-Passers whilst on official ELCI business.
xv. Holders of Union of Radio, Television Network of Africa (URTNA) Laissez- Passers whilst on official URTNA business.
xvi. Holders of International Labor Organization (ILO) Laissez – Passers whilst on official ILO business.
xvii. Holders of Preferential Trade Area/Common Market of East & Southern African Bank Laissez – Passers whilst on official PTA/COMESA business.
xviii. Holders of European Union Laissez – Passers whilst on official European Union business.
xix. Holders of CIP (International Potato Centre) Laissez – Passers whilst on official CIP business.
xx. Holders of African Reinsurance Corporation (ARC) Laissez – Passers whilst on official ARC business.
xxi. Holders of Diplomatic and Service Passports from The Islamic Republic of Iran for a period not exceeding (30) Days stay.
xxii. Holders of Diplomatic, Official, Special, and Service Passports, from The Republic of Turkey and members of their families holding valid Diplomatic, Official, Special, and Service Passports, while on Transit or Stay not exceeding ninety (90) days.
xxiii. Holders of Diplomatic, Official or Service Passports from the Federal Republic of Brazil for a period not exceeding ninety (90) days.
xxiv. Serving Members of the British Military (are exempted from visa formalities).
xxv. The manifested crew of ships and aircraft passing through or stopping in Kenya for periods not exceeding seven (7) days in the case of air crew and fourteen (14) days for ship’s crew.
xxvi. Owners of private aircraft stopping over for refueling in Kenya and who do not leave the precincts of the airport.

c. THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES HAVE CONCLUDED VISA ABOLITION AGREEMENTS WITH KENYA
i. Ethiopia
ii. San Marino

CATEGORY 2

(a) Nationals of the following countries, classes and categories of persons may be issued with visas on application, and without reference to the Director of Immigration Services, Nairobi.

Albania, Algeria ,Andorra, Angola, Antigua & Bermuda ,Argentina,Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Rep., Chad, Chile, China (People's Republic), Columbia, Comoros,Congo,Republic of the (Congo Brazzaville) Costa Rica ,Cote d’Ivoire/ Ivory Coast, Croatia , Cuba ,Czech Republic Denmark , Djibouti, Dominican Rep, Congo, Democratic Republic of the (Congo Kinshasa), East Timor, Egypt ,El Salvador, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia Finland, France, Guyana, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea Bissau Haiti, Hong Kong (SAR), MACAU (SAR), Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kampuchea, Kazakhstan , Kirghizstan, Korea (South), Kuwait, Laos , Latvia , Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malagasy, Malta, Mauritania, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar (formally Burma), Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Reunion, Romania, Russia, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, South Sudan, Sudan, Surinam, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United States of America, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vatican City, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen,Yugoslavia-and also Former States of Yugoslavia


(b) Delegates attending regional or international conferences, meetings, workshops, seminars and courses sponsored by regional or international organizations of which Kenya is a member.
Spouses and children accompanying delegates who fulfill the requirements of paragraph 2 (b) above may be issued with visas on application.

CATEGORY 3

a) Nationals of Countries, Classes and Categories Of Persons Who Require Referred Visas.

Afghanistan , Armenia , Azerbaijan, Cameroon Democratic People's Republic of Korea (Formerly N. Korea), Eritrea, Iraq, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Palestine, Senegal, Somali, Syria, Tajikistan

b) Applicants against whom there is some local objections or doubt in the country where the application is made.
c) Stateless persons or persons not holding valid passports or other travel documents issued by their own country of nationality, including recognized refugee holders of the United Nations Refugee Travel Documents.
d) Prohibited immigrants as enumerated under Section 33 (1) and (2) of the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act,2011 .

N.B:

Where reference to the Director of Immigration Services, Nairobi, is necessary before the issue of a visa, the completed application forms in duplicate with the required documents of the applicant as stipulated in the guidelines mentioned shall be forwarded to the Director of Immigration Services, Nairobi, for approval in the usual manner to reach him at least one month prior to the proposed date of the applicant’s departure to Kenya.
Address for Communication

All inquiries, where necessary, shall be made to:
The Director of Immigration Services
Nyayo House
P. O. Box 30191 00100
NAIROBI
Telephone: 000 254- 20-2222022, Nairobi
Telegraphic address: “PRINCIM” Nairobi
Telex: 25396 PRINCIM
Fax No. 000 254- 20-2220731
E-MAIL: Visa Section: overseasection@gmail.com,visa@immigration.go.ke
WEBSITE: www.immigration.go.ke

Visa Fees

  • The transit visa fee shall be US $ 20.
  • The visa referral visa fee shall be US $ 10 non-refundable.
  • The current standard visa fee for an ordinary or a Single Journey entry visa shall be US $ 50.
  • The standard fee for multiple journey visas shall be US $ 100 for all nationalities.

NB: The above quoted fees are subject to change.

http://www.immigration.go.ke/Information.html

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