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Is there a Kenya transit visa on arrival?

Is there a Kenya transit visa on arrival?
iVisa | Updated on Aug 24, 2019

If you plan to transit Kenya, then you may need to obtain a Kenya transit visa, but that is only if your stay in Kenya does not exceed 72 hours, and you plan to leave the airport. If you do not wish to leave the transit zone, a visa is not required.


Unfortunately, a Kenya transit visa and a visa on arrival are two entirely different documents. For one thing, the former ensures a maximum 72-hour stay, while the latter allows its holder to stay for up to 90 days in Kenya. However, the most important thing to remember is that you cannot get a transit visa when you arrive in Kenya. It can only be obtained online by eligible nationalities, and at the nearest embassy of Kenya by people who do not qualify for an electronic visa.

What are your choices?

Since a Kenya transit visa on arrival is not available, you can go one of two ways, depending on your nationality. One, you are not eligible for an online application process, which means that your only option is to visit the nearest Kenyan diplomatic mission and apply for a transit visa there. To find out the requirements, we recommend that you give the issuing authority a call or visit its website. And two, you can apply online.

The second choice is the most common since most nationalities are eligible for a Kenya transit e-visa. The application process is entirely online, and very soon it will become accessible on iVisa. We are making all the necessary preparations so that you can enjoy a smooth application process. Until then, all we can give you is information.

Kenya transit visa requirements

When you apply online for a Kenya transit visa, you do not need much. In fact, when the document becomes available on iVisa, you will notice how little effort is required of you. Nevertheless, you will need to provide the following:

  • Valid passport – all applicants must have a passport. Moreover, the document must remain valid for at least another 6 months from the date of arrival in Kenya. Make sure that the passport has at least one blank page.
  • Photo – the picture must be as recent as possible, preferably taken in the last 6 months.
  • Onward ticket – this is proof that you are just transiting Kenya.
  • Email address – since iVisa sends you the Kenya Transit visa via email, you must give us an address which you have access to.
  • Means of payment – the payment must be made online, but iVisa accepts multiple methods. Credit or debit cards are allowed, but feel free to use PayPal, Alipay, or WeChat.

Of course, once you notice that you meet the requirements, you need to fill in an application form, but that will be available online as well. You do not have to download, fill in, and then upload it. You just need to fill in a few blanks and provide some attachments. All visa application processes are easy with iVisa. There is no reason why the one for a Kenya transit visa will be any different. If, however, you will find something challenging, iVisa provides excellent customer support 24/7.

The bottom line is that there is no such thing as a Kenya transit visa on arrival. It is either one or the other. But if you need a Kenya transit visa soon, stay tuned. Maybe iVisa will have it live by the time of your travel. Should that happen, you will enjoy one of the most accessible visa application processes in your life.

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