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Kenya visa-free countries - can I travel just with my passport

Kenya visa-free countries - can I travel just with my passport
iVisa | Updated on May 20, 2019

There are very few states in the world that do not offer visa exemption to particular nationalities. Kenya, as far as that is concerned, has a pretty lenient visa policy. According to this policy, the citizens of 43 states can travel to Kenya without a visa. Since they are visa exempt, only a passport is necessary to enter the country. The only exceptions to this rule involve the citizens of Rwanda and Uganda. They can travel to Kenya only with their ID cards. That is because all three countries (Rwanda, Uganda, and Kenya) are a part of the East African Agreement.


In case you are visa-exempt, you can travel to Kenya and stay there for a period of up to 90 days. There is an exception to this rule as well. It seems that the citizens of Malaysia and South Africa are limited to only 30 days.

To find out whether or not you are visa-free when it comes to Kenya, you can use iVisa’s Visa Checker Tool. You can find it on our homepage. What you have to do is to choose your country of origin in the drag-down menu on the left and select Kenya in the box on the right. If you are, indeed, visa exempt, we will let you know. If not, we will redirect you to a page where you can apply for a Kenya e-visa. Of course, there is another option. In case you are from one of the 14 countries whose citizens need to apply for a consular visa, we will provide contact information about the Kenyan embassies near you.

Another thing that is worth mentioning is that all visitors need to have a valid passport that maintains its status for at least another 6 months from the date of arrival in Kenya. If your passport expires in less than 6 months, you need to have it renewed. Otherwise, you will be sent back home when you reach the Kenyan border.

What if I am not visa-free?

If that is the case, you have one of two options. The first one refers to the citizens of the 14 countries who are not eligible for a Kenya e-visa, in which case you would have to pay a visit to the nearest Kenyan embassy and get a consular visa. The second option, and our favorite, is that you qualify for an electronic visa, in which case iVisa can be of help with the online application process.

Applying for a Kenya e-visa is an easy task. Of course, you still need to meet a few requirements, but there is nothing on that list that is difficult to obtain, and the chances of you already having some of the things you need are pretty high. The application form should not take you more than 20 minutes to fill in, and the visa can be ready as soon as 2 hours since you submit your request. Furthermore, know that if you need any help at any time, iVisa’s customer support is ready to jump in and answer all your questions. The service is available 24/7 and is entirely free of charge.

The bottom line is that you can travel to Kenya with just your passport if you are a citizen of one of the 43 visa-exempt countries. Of course, if you are from Rwanda or Uganda, a national ID card will suffice. However, even if you are not visa exempt, getting an electronic visa is incredibly convenient when you use iVisa’s services. The process is short and the travel document arrives in a matter of hours.

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