Kenyan eVisa

Kenyan eVisa Requirements

Are you planning a trip to Kenya or Tanzania? Before you embark on your adventure, it's important to familiarise yourself with the visa requirements to ensure a smooth and hassle-free entry into the country. In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through everything you need to know about visa requirements.

Whether you're travelling for tourism, business, or study purposes, understanding the visa process is essential. We will cover the various types of visas available, the application process, supporting documents needed, and any additional requirements you should be aware of.

With our complete guide to Kenya visa requirements, you'll have all the information you need to make your trip a memorable one. So let's dive in and get started on your journey to Africa!

From 9 May 2023, the Government of Kenya no longer required proof of either COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test for entry into Kenya.

Travellers with flu-like symptoms will be required to undergo a rapid antigen test at their own cost of 30 USD. Those who test positive on antigen RDT will be required to take a PCR test at their own cost of 50 USD and self-isolate as per Ministry of Health guidance on isolation. Those with severe symptoms shall then be allowed to isolate as per the prevailing isolation requirements for mild, moderate and severe disease.

Any traveller entering Kenya with flu-like symptoms will be required to fill the passenger locator form on the ‘jitenge’ platform: and may be asked to undergo a rapid antigen test at their own cost regardless of age or vaccination status.

You need a visa to enter Kenya. Kenyan entry visas are exclusively issued electronically, with passengers required to obtain their e-visas before departure. You can apply for single entry and transit visas on the Kenya e-visa website.

The online E-Visas will normally be issued in less than 3 days but we recommend that Online Applications should be made at least 7 working days before travel to give plenty of time for the application process to be completed. Please note that Single Entry Visas are valid only for 90 days after the date of issue, so you should not apply until less than 90 days before the date of arrival and departure from Kenya. If you are travelling back into Kenya from other East African Community Countries on the same trip within the 90-day validity then you do not require an additional visa to re-enter and the Single Entry Visa will be accepted.

How much is a Kenya visa?

Single-entry visas (business or tourism) cost around USD51, and a transit visa (valid for three days) is approximately USD20. If you want to visit neighbouring countries and reenter Kenya, you might be better off applying for the East Africa visa which allows multiple entries into Kenya – provided you have not left East Africa – and is valid for 90 days. 

Passport validity

  • If you are visiting Kenya, your passport should be valid for 6 months.

  • You should have at least two blank pages in your passport on arrival.

  • Check with your travel provider to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Countries Allowed

Kenya visa requirements are for all visitors to Kenya, except for Nationals of the following countries who DO NOT need a Kenya visa:

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

Citizens of the following countries require a visa that cannot be obtained online or on arrival at the airport but instead, this must be done in advance through a Kenyan Embassy: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cameroon, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Eritrea, Iraq, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Palestine, Senegal, Somalia, Syria, Tajikistan.

For all other Nationals, Visas are required for entry and from 1st January 2021 these will no longer be issued on arrival at the airports in Nairobi and Mombasa but must be obtained before departure from Kenyan embassies overseas or through the Kenya Government website online.

Procedure

The four-step e-visa procedure is done through the Kenyan immigration website and requires visitors to submit an application form. To complete the online e-visa form you'll need to submit your personal information, and a scanned copy of your passport and answer travel-related questions related to your itinerary. The e-visa takes around seven working days to process. You'll then need to print your visa so it's ready to show to authorities when you enter Kenya. If you're travelling on an itinerary that re-enters Kenya, you'll need to print multiple copies of your visa to present at each border crossing.

E-visa requirements vary depending on the purpose of travel but you typically need:

  • a valid identity document (e.g. passport) that is valid for at least six months and has at least two blank pages 

  • to enter at one of Kenya's 10 recognised border crossings, seaports or airports

  • provide a travel itinerary 

  • confirm your return ticket 

  • confirm an accommodation reservation for at least one night after your arrival date

  • a passport-sized photograph 

  • an active email address