Kenya is considered one of Africa’s tourism-active countries. Often used as port for nearby countries, the coastal part of Kenya is attraction enough for visitors.
It is recommended that the visitors should consult their nearest Kenyan Embassy for updated information regarding VISA’s.
Below are some basic guidelines to travelers who are visiting Kenya for the first time.
Types of VISAS for Kenya:
Below are the categories for types of VISA’s required for Kenya, depending upon the purpose of visit are classified as under:
Ordinary/Singe Entry Visa: It is required by all persons entering Kenya for a visit or to reside.
Transit Visa: A Transit VISA is required by all persons intending to transit trough Kenya for period not beyond a week
Diplomatic Visa: Issued gratis to holders of a Diplomatic Passport travelling on official business.
Official/Service Visa: Official, Service, Ordinary/Transit Visas are issued gratis to holders of Official or Service passport on official visit
Multiple Journey Visa: All persons who are Nationals of countries which require visas for Kenya and who by nature of their business or circumstances require to make frequent visits to Kenya may be issued with Multiple Journey Visa for Kenya within six (6) or twelve (12) months as the case may be. Multiple Journey Visas are referred to the Principal Immigration Office for processing and approval, and are valid for six (6) or twelve (12) months as the case may be.
Courtesy Visas: Courtesy, Transit and Ordinary Visas may be issued gratis in accordance with the Provisions of categories 1, 2 and 3 of the Visa Regulations, where the applicant is not entitled to a Diplomatic Visa, but where it is considered by the issuing officer to be desirable on the grounds of international courtesy.
Visa Fees are:
a) Single entry Visa: USD $50.00
b) Multiple entry Visa: USD $100.00
c) Transit Visa: USD $20.00
d) Administrative fee for referred Visa: USD $10.00
Persons aged 16 years and below will require a Visa to enter Kenya.
- It is recommended to have immunization against Yellow Fever and Cholera
- It is advised to have Malaria prevention shots
Visa Processing Time
- Visa applications presented at the counter are ready for collection after 3 working days
- Postal applications take about 1 week from the date of receipt
- Referral cases take at least 8 weeks
- A valid passport with at least one available page for endorsement
- Passport with 3 months validity upon entry to Kenya
- Completely filled Visa application form
- 2 recent passport sized photos
- Travel itinerary
- A stamped self addressed envelope for postal applications, advisably a special delivery stamp
- Contact telephone number
NOTE: All Visa Fees are Payable in US Dollars Only.