Everything you need to know about Kenya
Welcome to Kenya visa section
All foreign nationals except the citizens
of 43 selected countries required a visa to enter Kenya. When it comes to citizens
of the United Kingdom, obtaining a visa is a must, and entering the country
without a visa will lead to serious legal consequences.
Citizens of UK can
apply for a Kenya visa either by visiting the Kenyan High Commission or by
applying for an electronic visa. UK citizens can also obtain visa on arrival by
producing necessary documents at the Kenyan entry ports.
Kenya visa on arrival
This is perhaps the easiest way to obtain
Kenya visas. UK nationals can simply take their tickets to Kenya, and upon
landing in the destination, they can obtain a visa on arrival from the entry
However, the government of United Kingdom
has advised their citizens to take either the regular visa by contacting the Kenyan
High Commission or e-visa, as authorities in the African nation may phase out
the provision of visa on arrival anytime without any prior notice.
It has been
also recently learned that the country is apparently planning to replace the
visa on arrival privilege with the web based e-visa system.
Electronic Kenya visas
Kenya e-visas are electronically issued by
the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. These visas can be obtained online, and
all you need to do is uploading the desired documents along with the
After uploading the documents, the
applicant will be asked to pay a fee for the Kenya visa. Once the fee is paid, authorities
will sanction the visa within 72 hours if all the documents submitted by you are
However, in certain cases, some applications will be thoroughly reviewed
by the Kenyan government, and if it happens, the visa approval process may take
7 days to get complete.
Please find below certain criteria you
should follow while uploading passport and photograph during e-visa
copy of the passport you are submitting should be clear, and there should
be no borders.
uploaded passport copy should be saved in JPEG, JPG, or PDF file format.
height and width of the photo should be equal.
should face the photo straight, with eyes open.
background of the photo should be either white or any other light color.
should be noted that there should be now shadows either on the photos nor
on the background.
should be no borders in the photograph.
Regular Kenya visas
For obtaining a regular Kenya visa, the foreign
national should visit the Kenyan High Commission, and should fill the visa
application form. The applicant should also submit the required documents along
Please click this link to download Kenya visa
application form. (http://kenyahighcom.org.uk/wp-content/forms/Application-for-Visas.pdf)
Different types of Kenya visas
Kenya offers various visa types to foreign
nationals depending upon the purpose of the visit. Please find below the visas
offered by the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs to foreign nationals to enter
Tourist visas are issued by Kenya to
foreign nationals who wish to enter the country for tourist-related activities.
People who visit Kenya using a tourist visa should ensure that they are not working
or engaging in any business activities during their stay in the country.
The validity of a normal Kenya e-tourist visa
will be 90 days. However, if you want multiple entry, you can apply for
multiple entry regular visas, and it will offer a validity of either six months
or one year as per the need of the traveler.
Requirements to obtain a tourist e-visa
Please find below the documents that
should be submitted to obtain a tourist e-visa.
copy of the passport should be uploaded. The passport of the foreign
national should have at least six months validity, and it should also have
at least one blank page.
foreign national should hold proof of sufficient funds.
have proof of flight onward and return flight tickets.
produce proof of hotel reservation.
photograph should be taken within the last six months.
is also recommended to submit a letter of invitation from the host in
you are a non-UK citizen applying for a Kenya tourist visa, you should
submit the residence permit/work permit/student permit.
applicant should also completely fill the e-visa questionnaire.
Special note: Minors (children under the
age of 18), if traveling of their own should submit a consent letter from
How to obtain multiple entry Kenya visas?
Multiple entry Kenya visas are usually
issued to foreign nationals who wish to enter the country multiple times during
the visa validity period. In order to obtain a multiple entry Kenya tourist
visa, the foreign national should submit a personal statement that details the
necessity of a multiple entry visa.
Apart from the personal statement, the
foreign national should also submit all the documents that are needed to obtain
a e-tourist visa. The traveler should also produce proofs of three previous
Special note: Sometimes, the foreign
national will not be granted multiple entry visa, as these visas are issued
solely at the discretion of the Kenyan authorities.
Kenya business visa
Kenya business visas are issued to foreign
nationals including citizens of the United Kingdom who want to enter the
country for business-related conferences, seminars and other commercial trading
Foreign nationals should understand that a Kenya business visa will
not allow people to do work in the country.
Please find below the requirements to
obtain a Kenya business visa
UK citizen should submit his or her national passport which has six months
validity, and it should also have two blank pages for visa stamp.
applicant should submit a photograph with white background, and it should
be taken within the last six months.
business introduction letter from the applicant’s UK employer should be
applicant should also submit proof of travel arrangements including onward
and return flight tickets along with hotel booking confirmation.
who apply for multiple entry business visas should submit a personal
statement that details the necessity of multiple visits to the country. For
multiple entry visas, the applicant should also produce proof of his or
her previous three visits to Kenya.
Special note: The issuance of multiple
entry business visas are not guaranteed, as they are sanctioned solely at the
discretion of the visa officer.
How to obtain a work permit to work in Kenya?
If foreign nationals wish to work in
Kenya, they should obtain an authorization from The Director of Immigration
Services in Nairobi. Your contact in Kenya can help to obtain this authorization.
You can also apply for a work permit by visiting
the website of the Kenyan Department of Immigration Services.
government of Kenya had insisted that all foreign nationals working in the
country should have all the necessary supporting proofs and necessary work
permits. If a foreign national fail to submit these and is working in Kenya, he
or she will face strict legal consequences including deportation.
It should be noted that work permit will
not get granted all the time, as the government of Kenya is prioritizing the availability
of high-quality jobs only for Kenyan nationals.
Kenya Diplomatic official visa
Diplomats in the United Kingdom can apply
for Kenya Diplomatic official visa to enter the country. Please find below the
necessary documents and details that should be submitted to obtain a Kenyan
diplomatic official visa.
foreign national should submit documents that prove that he or she is
traveling on official duty to Kenya.
UK citizen is responsible for submitting valid national
Diplomatic/Official/Service passport. The passport should have six months
validity, and it should have two blank pages.
applicant should also submit a recently taken photograph.
application form should be properly filled and signed.
Kenya Transit Visas
If you are looking for a short stop over
in Kenya while traveling to a different destination, you can apply for a Kenya
transit visa. If you want to apply for a transit visa, your passport should
have at least six months validity with two blank pages.
However, if you are staying in Kenya for
less than 24 hours, there is no need to apply for a transit visa. If you are
staying in Kenya as a visa exempt traveler during your journey to a different
destination, you should make sure that you have proof of sufficient funds.
should hold all documents including visa for the next destination.
If you are not fulfilling the above-mentioned
criteria, you should apply for a transit visa. You can contact entrusted
agencies like Visa Genie to obtain a transit visas without any hassles.
Special note: Being a foreign traveler,
you should always confirm with their airline that boarding will be permitted
without a visa, as these rules are subject to change without any prior notice.
Kenya East African Visas
Using a Kenya East African Visa, a foreign
national can travel to three different countries; Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. In
usual cases, this will be a multiple entry visa which offers three months validity.
It should be noted that this visa application should be submitted to the embassy
where the traveler wishes to begin the journey.
Apart from passport, photograph and
completed visa application form, the foreign national should also submit the
below-mentioned documents for obtaining an East African visa.
applicant should submit a travel plan, and it should contain various details
including the name of the foreign national, dates and details regarding places
of arrival in Kenya, and places of arrival in the other two African
countries. It is also recommended to submit a travel route.
foreign national should submit proof of travel arrangements like paid
onward and return tickets.
of hotel room booking confirmation should be submitted.
Special note: Kenya East African Visas is
only for tourist purposes, and it cannot be extended. It should be also noted
that foreign nationals are not supposed to engage in paid or unpaid work during
their stay in these countries.
Kenya Referred Visas
Citizens of countries including Afghanistan,
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cameroon, North Korea, Eritrea, Iraq, Kosovo, Lebanon,
Libya, Mali, Palestine, Senegal, Somalia, Syria, Tajikistan and Yemen cannot
obtain visas to Kenya via electronic means.
Instead, they are supposed to send their
visa applications referred to the Director of Immigration Services, Nairobi. It
should be noted that the approval of these referred visas cannot be guaranteed,
as the visa sanction will made upon the sole discretion of Kenyan government