A guide to Kenya’s new online visa applications

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If you’re planning a trip to Kenya, please take note that all visa applications will now be done online. As of 2 July 2015, the Kenyan government will have a new eCitizen electronic visa application process for tourists wishing to holiday in Kenya, as well as travellers in transit.


WHO NEEDS A VISA?

Nationals (passport holders) of the following countries* do not require visas to enter Kenya:

Barbados
Belize
Botswana
Brunei Darussalam
Burundi
Cyprus
Dominica
Fiji Island
Ghana
Grenada
Jamaica
Kiribati
Lesotho
Malawi
Malaysia (For less than 30 days stay)
Maldives
Mauritius
Namibia
Nauru
Papua New Guinea
Rwanda
Samoa
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Solomon Islands
South Africa (For less than 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
Zimbabwe

Nationals (passport holders) whose country doesn’t appear in the above list will require a visa or transit visa to enter Kenya.

Nationals of following Countries, Classes and Categories of Persons shall have their visa applications referred to the Director of Immigration Services, Nairobi for approval.

* Note: The list of countries shown above is subject to change

VISA OPTIONS & FEES

Single Entry Visa:
Issued for single entry to persons whose nationalities require visa to enter Kenya either for business, tourism, or medical.
Cost: $51
Requirements:
1. Valid travel document not less than six months.
2. Complete visa application form.
3. At least One Blank page in the holder’s passport.
4. Return ticket.

Transit Visa:
A Transit Visa is issued to persons connecting through Kenya to other destinations for a period not exceeding 72 hours.
Cost: $21
Requirements: An onward ticket for transit visa.

VISA APPLICATION PROCESS:

1. Visit the eCitizen electronic visa page at www.ecitizen.go.ke
2. Select the red “Register” icon in the top right corner and then “Create an Account” under the “Visitors” option in blue.
3. Complete the registration form.
4. You will receive a confirmation email where you will need to click on a link to verify and confirm your registration
5. You will be asked to upload a digital passport photo (maximum size 500px by 500px)
6. Once you have been logged in, select “Department of Immigration Services”
7. Select “Submit Application”
8. Select “Kenyan Visa”
9. Select the type of visa (ie. Single Entry or Transit) you want, read instructions carefully, and click “Apply Now”.
10. Complete the application form. Please note that incomplete applications will be rejected and you will lose your processing fees
11. You will need a scan of the main page of your passport (with your name, date of birth, and other relevant information)
12. You will need to re-upload your passport photo
13. Pay using your Visa card, MasterCard, or other debit card
14. Your approval will be sent to you via email and can take up to 7 days.
15. Once you have received the email to say that your visa has been approved, you can log into your eCitizen account and download your visa.
16. Print a copy of your visa to present to the immigration officer at your point of entry into Kenya

Please note:
• You must complete one application per person to receive a Unique Confirmation Number.
• The visa process takes up to one week and must be completed prior to your arrival
• You will need a scan of your passport and passport photo
• Approval and issuance of the visa does not guarantee entry into Kenya
• Any form of business or employment on a visitor’s visa is a criminal offence
• Those travelling to Kenya with their pets must obtain pet permits
• Holders of Kenya visitor/business/tourist visa cannot engage in any form of employment whether paid or unpaid
• Applicants who intend to conduct temporary business, trade, or profession must apply for a special pass from the Director of Immigration Services in Nairobi
• Applicants seeking to undertake internship/placement or academic research should liaise with their host organizations, institutions or companies to make applications for the necessary pass to the Director of Immigration Services in Nairobi prior to their engagements.

GRACE PERIOD
There is a 2-month grace period where visas may still be purchased on arrival. The grace period expires on 31 August 2015. As of 1 September 2015, you may be denied boarding of your flight to Kenya or denied entry to Kenya if you do not have a printed copy of your e-visa with you.

The new service comes into effect on 2 July 2015.

For more information on visa application and visa categories based on nationalities, please visit www.immigration.go.ke.

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