Everything You Need To Know About
from 43 foreign countries including Bahamas, Ethiopia, Singapore, Zambia, and
Zimbabwe do not need a visa to enter Kenya. However, all the remaining
countries comprised of India, United Kingdom, United States and China need a
visa to visit Kenya legally.
earlier days, foreign nationals need to visit the Kenyan consulate in their
respective countries to obtain a Kenya visa. However, in September 2015, Kenyan
authorities introduced the e-visa facility to foreign nationals, and it made
their visa application procedure pretty easy.
a Kenya e-visa?
are basically an electronic authorization which allows foreign nationals to
enter the country without any legal barriers. These visas will be electronically
connected to the applicant’s passport, and once the traveler reaches the Kenyan
entry port, immigration authorities will make a visa stamp on their passport
after verifying the e-via.
Kenyan authorities had allowed foreign nationals to obtain a ‘visa on arrival’
after reaching the entry port in Kenya. But now, things have changed, and the
visitors are recommended to apply via the web based visa issuance system,
popularly known as the e-visa.
the requirements of the traveler, Kenyan authorities have classified e-visas
into two types; Kenya tourist e-visas, and Kenya business e-visas. As the name
indicates, Kenya tourist e-visas allow foreign nationals to engage in tourist
activities like sightseeing after entering the national. On the other hand, Kenya
business e-visas are issued to foreign citizens who intend to visit the country
for business-related operations and commercial trading activities.
find below the necessary documents to obtain a Kenya tourist e-visa.
- The foreign national should produce a clear
copy of the passport which is readable. The submitted passport should have
at least six months validity and it should contain two blank pages for
visa stamping purposes.
- The applicant should also submit his or her
recently taken photograph.
- It is necessary to submit the proof of travel
arrangements. The travel arrangement proofs could be hotel room booking
confirmation and the copy of confirmed flight tickets.
- The applicant should properly fill the e-visa questionnaire.
In some cases, applicants might find it difficult to complete the questionnaire
correctly, and in these times, you can approach the Visa Genie team for
assistance. Our expert visa processing officers will help you in all
stages of the visa application, and you can sit back and relax after
submitting the necessary documents to us.
to take care while traveling to Kenya with a tourist e-visa
traveling to Kenya, the traveler should make sure that he or she is carrying
the copy of flight tickets that show onward and return travel. It is also
recommended to carry the copy of hotel booking confirmation along with an
invitation from the Kenyan entity. You should also take a print out of the
e-visa to show in the entry port.
01: Please note
that you are applying for a Kenya e-visa at least 30 days before your travel
02: Minors under
the age of 16, if traveling with their parents do not need a visa to enter
03: If the
passenger is arriving by cruise, there is no need of obtaining a visa if the
foreign national is not leaving the ship.
find below the requirements to get a Kenya e-visa.
- In order to obtain a Kenya business e-visa, the
foreign national should made sure that his or her passport is valid for
six months, and it should have at least two blank pages.
- The foreign national should hold proof of sufficient
- He or she should also hold proof of onward and
- Accommodation proof that could be confirmation
of hotel booking tickets should be submitted.
- The applicant should submit a recently taken
- The foreign national should submit a business
introduction letter from his or her home land.
- The applicant should submit an invitation from
the Kenyan entity.
Note: While entering Kenya, the
foreign national should show the copy of the business introduction letter and invitation
letter, along with the passport and the print out of the sanctioned e-visa.
asked questions (FAQ)
the validity of a Kenya e-business and e-tourist visa?
cases, the validity of a Kenya e-tourist and e-business visa will be 90 days.
However, after entering Kenya, the foreign national can apply for an extension
by visiting the National Passport and Residence Affairs office in Kenya. It
should be noted that the visa extension request could not be guaranteed, as it comes
under the sole discretion of the Kenyan authorities.
Kenyan authorities have the right to deny my entry to Kenya if I get an e-visa?
an e-visa does not guarantee your entry to Kenya. After entering Kenya,
immigration authorities at the entry port will thoroughly check your e-visa,
and they may deny entry if your presence will work against the nation’s welfare
necessary to take the print out of the e-visa while visiting Kenya?
authorities at the Kenyan entry port usually check the e-visa on their system.
But sometimes, there could possibility of a system failure, and this time, a
print out of the e-visa will help you to tackle the issues. So, while traveling
to Kenya, always make sure that you have the printout of the e-visa with you.
should I do if I wish to stay in Kenya for one year?
usual validity of a Kenyan e-visa is 90 days. After entering the country, you
can extend the visa validity by visiting the National Passport and Residence
Affair Office in Kenya. However, the maximum number of days a visitor can stay
in Kenya is 180 days. If somebody wishes to stay more than that, they should
return to their homeland before the expiration of the current visa, and should
apply for a new one.
Kenya offering multiple entry e-visa?
offers only single-entry privilege for foreign nationals.
Kenyan authorities refund my e-visa processing fee if my visa application gets
name indicates, Kenyan authorities are charging this sum as the visa processing
fee. The foreign national will not get this money back even though his visa
application gets rejected.
long does it take to get my Kenya visa on hand?
cases, you will get your Kenya e-visa by email within five days. If you need
the visa before five days, you should apply for super rush processing. While
applying for a super rush visa, authorities will charge an extra sum from the
travel to Kenya with my payment invoice if my e-visa processing gets delayed?
can as this is practically possible. Sometimes, due to overload of
applications, Kenyan authorities may be compelled to delay the sanction of
e-visas. During these times, you can travel using the payment invoice, and can
show it in the Kenyan entry port.
Note: Traveling with a payment
invoice will not guarantee you the entry to Kenya, as this is just a possibility
you can try if your visa gets delayed. In order to assure hassle-free traveling
experience, make sure that you have an e-visa on hand before you start your
trip. If you need any assistance, do not hesitate to contact Visa Genie.
are the criteria that should be followed while submitting photographs for Kenya
photograph should be taken within the last six months, and its background
should be white in color. Always make sure that the foreign national is not wearing
any spectacle while taking the photo. It is also necessary to maintain a
neutral expression in the photo.
an Indian citizen. My son is 17 years old, and it means he is a minor. Should I
need to take a visa for him?
Kenya, people above 16 years are considered major. If your son is 17 years old,
it is very much necessary to obtain a separate visa for him. For minors under
the age of 16, there is no need to obtain a visa if they are traveling with
necessary to submit an invitation letter while applying for a Kenya business e-visa?
applying for a Kenya business e-visa, an invitation letter from the Kenyan host
is a must. There are several factors to be taken care while submitting the
invitation letter, and some of the most noted ones are mentioned below.
- The invitation letter should be submitted on the
letter head of the company.
- The letter should include all the personal and professional
details of the applicant.
- The letter should detail the nature of the trip
and purpose of the journey.
- The invitation letter should describe the places
and organizations that will be visited by the foreign national during his
trip to Kenya.
- The letter should also promise that the company
is taking the full responsibility of the traveler during his or her visit