Kenya Visa entry requirements, types and charges

Kenya, located in East Africa, is one of the most popular tourist and business destination in Africa. However, you need a valid permit or visa to stay or move in the country as a foreigner. In this post I will show you exactly how much it will cost you to have a visa in Kenya, the types of Visa you should go for and where to obtain a visa.

Visa requirements 

Visa-exempt foreign nationals : Lesotho Malawi, Malaysia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brunei, Burundi, Cyprus, Dominica, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana,Saint Vincent & Grenadines, Grenada, Jamaica, Kiribati, Trinidad & Tobago, Tuvalu, Maldives, Mauritius, St Kitts & Nevis,Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, St. Lucia, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Salomon Islands, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Uganda,Zambia, Vanuatu, and Zimbabwe.

Nationalities NOT eligible for an online e-Visa: nationals of these countries must obtain their visa in the embassy: Somalia, Syria, Tajikistan Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cameroon, Eritrea, Iraq, North Korea, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Palestine, Senegal, and Yemen.

Nationalities who are subject to visa and eligible for e-Visa online: citizens of all other countries can obtain their visa online (e-Visa), in respective embassies, or on arrival to the country.

Note: a passenger who does not possess Kenyan identity papers (that is, passport or identity card) is regarded as a foreign passenger even if he/she has a multi-citizenship and must, therefore, be in ownership of a visa.

Types of visa in Kenya

Single journey visa

It is the standard visa to go to Kenya punctually for a tourist, professional, or a family visit. It permits to enter once in the country for a maximum term of 90 days. The date of your journey must start no more than 3 months following the issuance of your visa. The cost for a single entry visa is currently at US$ 51

Multiple entry visa

This type of visa in Kenya is granted for numerous trips to the country. It is particularly suitable for those who want to travel several times in the country over a short span of time or for travelers who wish to make journeys to neighboring countries before returning to Kenya. The cost is US$ 101.

East Africa Tourist Visa

This visa which is issued by an assembly between three countries, passes with a single visa to travel to Uganda, Rwanda, and Kenya. This is a multiple entry visa which is valid for a maximum stay of 90 days. It costs about US$ 101 and can be collected at the embassies of Kenya if you start your journey in Kenya, of Uganda if you commence your trip in Uganda or online on the Rwanda e-visa website if you begin your trip in Rwanda.

Transit Visa

It is issued to persons connecting within Kenya to other destinations for a period not exceeding 72 hours this visa allows to leave the airport for this timespan. Those connecting flights directly without moving from the airport don’t require to apply for transit visas. The transit visa fee is at US$ 20.

Courtesy visa

This is a visa assigned to diplomatic, official and service passport holders getting into the country on official assignments, or transiting through Kenya to a third country for other official business or duties. It is assigned free of charge / gratis.

Work visa and other types of visa in Kenya

These are specific residency permits that need additional formalities. Please reach out the nearest Embassy of Kenya for more information.

Also Read: Kenyan Embassy in Ethiopia-location, contacts

How to obtain a visa in Kenya

E-Visa online procedure: 

It is the easiest and the quickest way to get your visa. Citizens of the qualified nationalities (mentioned above) can, within a few minutes, create their application and pay their visa charges on the dedicated website. Only regular single-entry visas, transit visas, and courtesy visas are suitable for e-visa. With your passport, your scanned photo, and your credit card you can get your visa by clicking here.

Visa on arrival to Kenya

If you have not had the chance or opportunity to get your visa online, you can create these formalities upon arrival at the JKIA. Travelers’ awareness is drawn to the fact that the E-visa enables border checks to be passed even more quickly.

Standard procedure in different embassies

If you are not qualified for the e-Visa or if the nature of visa you wish can not be obtained via the e-Visa procedure, you can go to the nearest Kenya Embassy (You can see locations available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kenya official website, tab “missions abroad”) with the needed documents they asked you to bring.

Visa Charges in Kenya

No.Type of visaFee
1.Ordinary Visa$10
 Single Journey Visa​​ (SJV)$50 ​ ​​​​
 Multiple Journey Visa​​ (MJV)$100
2.Transit Visa$20
3.East Africa Tourist Visa$100
4.Diplomatic VisaFree
5.Courtesy/Official VisaFree

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