Who Should Apply?

Waiver of visa fees for all children under 16 years from foreign countries

Effective from 1st February 2016, the Government of  the Republic of Kenya has waived visa fees for all children aged 16 years and below who are accompanying their parents to Kenya .

Extension of Manual Visa Processing 

The Government of the Republic of Kenya has extended the processing of manual visa application. The manual system will run concurrenlty with the E-visa system until further notice. Applicants  can now submit manual applications at the Embassy or use the E-visa portal www.evisa.go.ke

Visa Category 1

Nationals of the following countries do not require visas to enter Kenya.

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

 

The following persons do not require visas to Kenya

·         All persons whose passports are endorsed with valid Kenya re-entry passes or any other written authority in lieu of a re-entry pass.

·         All passengers arriving and leaving by the same ship, and who do not leave the ship.

·         All passengers in transit through Kenya arriving and leaving by the same aircraft or transferring to another aircraft and who do not leave the international Airports’ transit lounges.

·         Holders of United Nations Organization Laissez-Passers whilst on official UN business.

·         Holders of African Union Laissez-Passers whilst on official AU business.

·         Holders of African Development Bank Laissez-Passers whilst on official ADB business.

·         Holders of Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa Laissez-Passers, whilst on official ABEDA business.

·         Holders of International Red Locust Control Organization for Central and Southern Africa Laissez-Passers, whilst on official IRLCO business.

·         Holders of Desert Locust Control Organization Laissez-Passers, whilst on official D.L C.O. business

·         Holders of COMESA Laissez-passers, whilst on official COMESA business.

·         Holders of International Monetary Fund and World Bank Laissez-Passers, whilst on official IMF / WB business.

·         Holders of African Reinsurance Corporation (ARC) Laissez-Passers whilst on official ARC business.

·         Holders of CIP (International Potato Center) Laissez-Passers whilst on official CIP business

·         Holders of Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Laissez-Passers whilst on official IGAD business

·         Holders of African Airlines Travel Association (IATA) Laissez-Passers whilst on official business

·         Holders of Union of Radio, Television Network of Africa (URTNA) Laissez-Passers whilst on official URTNA business

·         Holders of International Labor Organization (ILO)Laissez-Passers whilst on official ILO business

·         Holders of Preferential Trade Area / Common Market of East  & Southern African Bank Laissez-Passers whilst on official PTA / COMESA business

·         Holders of  European Union Laissez-Passers whilst on official European Union business

·         Holders of Environmental Liaison Center  International(ELCI) Laissez-Passers whilst on official ELCI business

·         Holders of African Housing Fund (AHF) Laissez-Passers whilst on official AHF business

·         Holders of Diplomatic and Service passports from the Islamic Republic of Iran for a period not exceeding thirty (30) days stay.

·         Holders of Diplomatic, Official , Special or Service Passports from the Republic of Turkey and members of their families holding valid Diplomatic, Official or Special or Service Passports, while on transit or stay not exceeding                 90 days

·         Holders of Diplomatic passports from the Republic of India for a period not exceeding ninety (90) days.

·         Holders of Diplomatic, Official or Service Passports from the Federal Republic of Brazil for a period not exceeding ninety (90) days

·         Serving members of the British Military (are exempted from visa formalities)

·         The manifested crew of ships and aircraft passing through or stopping in Kenya for periods not exceeding seven (7) days in the case of air crew and fourteen (14) days for ships’ crew.

·         Owners of private aircrafts stopping over for refueling in Kenya and who do not leave the precincts of the airports.

Visa Category 2

Nationals of the following countries may be issued with visas on application without reference to the Director of Immigration, provided that they do not fall under the classes and categories of persons mentioned under Chapter 1, paragraph (e) of the Visa Regulations:

Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon,Cambodia, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile (Nationalist), China (China Peoples Republic), Colombia, Comoros, Congo Brazzaville, Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire/Ivory Coast, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, DRC, East Timor, Egypt, El Salvador, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guyana, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Haiti, Holders of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Korea (South), Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Mali,Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldavia, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar formerly Burma), Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Papua Pacific Isles, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Salvador, Sao Tome and Principe,Saudi Arabia,Senegal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Christopher Cape, Sudan, Surinam, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor East, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, U.S.A, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vatican City, Venezuela, Vietnam.

NB: Please refer to the Kenya Visa Regulations Category 2 (b), (c) and (d) for other classes of persons who may be issued with visas on application which  may also  be submitted online  through the website  www.evisa.go.ke or manually at any Kenyan Mission.

Click here for details www.immigration.go.ke

Visa Category 3

Nationals of the following countries require Referred Visas.

a) Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea - (Formerly North Korea), Eritrea, Iraq, Kosovo, Libya, Lebanon, Palestine, Somali, Syria, Tajikistan,Yemen.

b) Applicants against whom there is some local objections or doubt in the country where the application is made. 


c) Stateless persons or persons not holding valid passports or other travel documents issued by their own country of nationality, including recognized refugee holders of the United Nations Refugee Travel Documents. 


d) Prohibited immigrants as enumerated under Section 33 (1) and (2) of the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act, 2011 . 

N.B: 

Where reference to the Director of Immigration Services, Nairobi, is necessary before the issue of a visa, the completed application forms in duplicate with the required documents of the applicant as stipulated in the guidelines mentioned shall be forwarded to the Director of Immigration Services, Nairobi, for approval in the usual manner to reach him at least one month prior to the proposed date of the applicant’s departure to Kenya. 
Address for Communication 

All inquiries, where necessary, shall be made to: 
The Director of Immigration Services 
Nyayo House 
P. O. Box 30191 00100 
NAIROBI 
Telephone: 000 254- 20-2222022, Nairobi 
Telegraphic address: “PRINCIM” Nairobi 
Telex: 25396 PRINCIM 
Fax No. 000 254- 20-2220731 
E-MAIL: Visa Section: overseasection@gmail.com,visa@immigration.go.ke 

(For other referred groups please refer to Kenya Visa regulations Category 3 (b), (c) and (d)

Click here for details www.immigration.go.ke

 

EAST AFRICA TOURIST VISA

This is a joint tourist visa that entitles holders to travel to and within the Republic of Kenya, Republic of Rwanda and Republic of Uganda for the purposes of tourism.

Validity of East African Tourist Visa: 90 (Ninety days) Multiple Entry

Fee: US $ 100

Note:

1.       The holder of the East Africa Tourist Visa shall enter from the country that issued the visa and move within the other two countries without applying for another visa or paying for another visa fee.

2.    Nationals from countries that require Referral visas from any of the three East African nations listed above will apply from the Mission whose Government has Referral requirements

3.   An application letter addressed to the Embassy will be required.

 

E-VISA

Online E-visa cashless system for visa applications effective from 1st September 2015 

Applications will be submitted via the Evisa Web Portal:www.evisa.go.ke  Applicants who previously accessed via www.ecitizen.go.ke will be re-directed to the new website once they select the EVISA option. The maximum  procesing period is three(3) working days from date of application through the e-visa portal.

HOW TO APPLY

1.      Visit the website  www.evisa.go.ke and click on create eVisa account.

2.      Once logged in, select Department of Immigration Services.

3.      Select submit Application.

4.      Select Kenyan visa.

5.      Select the type of Visa and read the instructions carefully.

6.      Fill in the Application form.

7.      Pay Using Visa Card, MasterCard and any other Debit cards.

8.      Await approval via email, then download and print the eVisa from your eCitizen account.

9.      Present your printed eVisa to the immigration officer at the port of entry.

 

POINTS TO NOTE.

1.      Visa processing fee is non refundable.

2.      Incomplete applications will be rejected.

3.      The possession of an eVisa is not the final Authority to enter The Republic of Kenya.

4.      Engaging in any form of business or employment without a requisite permit or pass is an offence.

5.      A visa is required prior to entry into the Republic of Kenya.

6.      The eVisa printout must be presented at the port of entry.

 

WARNING ON SCAM EVISA APPLICATION WEBSITE

The Embassy wishes to inform all clients of the existence of  a scam website http://www.kenya-evisa-online.com which is overcharging customers USD 120 for normal cases which takes 3 working days to process and USD 130 for urgent cases that are processed within one day. This fraudulent website is designed in such a way that it being mistaken for our official Government eVisa website.

·         The scam site has the following similarities to the official eVisa Portal:

·         The use of the official eVisa logo on their link at the top (banner).

·         The Kenyan flag is displayed prominently at the top.

·         There is a link to the official Government website at the top (VISIT-GOV WEBSITE)

·         They have not displayed their WEB PAGE or COMPANY NAME anywhere on the web page.

·         The disclaimer that it is not an official government website is in small print at the bottom of the page where applicants are unlikely to read.

All clients are warned not to submit any application through this scam website. The Government of Kenya will not be responsible for any loss of revenue and unnecessary extra expenditure incurred through that website.

The official eVisa application website  is  www.evisa.go.ke  which should be used in submitting all online eVisa applications.

 

Note.

Application for Multiple visas, Referral visas and East Africa Tourist visas will continue to be submitted manually to the Embassy for processing until further notice.

Revised Visa Fees

Effective from September 14, 2015 the Embassy will no longer be receiving cash for Visa fees. The money shall be deposited directly to any Attijariwafa (formerly Barclays) Bank branch and the Original deposit slip presented to the Embassy.

BANK: ATTIJARIWAFA (formerly BARCLAYS)

ACCOUNT NAME: KENYA EMBASSY

ACCOUNT NUMBER: 5030-106070-000-001

CURRENCY: EGYPTIAN POUNDS.( L.E)

The transit visa fee shall be L.E 360 or US $ 20.

The referral visa fee shall be L.E 180 or US $ 10 non-refundable.

The current standard visa fee for an ordinary or a Single Journey entry visa shall be L.E 900.

The standard fee for multiple journey visas shall be L.E 1800 or US $ 100 for all nationalities.

American citizens will from September 22, 2015 be able to apply for Five (5) years Multiple visas at a fee of $ 200.

NB: The above quoted fees are subject to change.

Possession of a visa for Kenya is not the final authority to enter Kenya. Visa application requirements and updates are subject to change without prior notice.

Click here for details www.immigration.go.ke