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All you need to know about traveling to Kenya

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The eVisa Kenya is a mandatory travel document,validated by government authorities, to enter Kenya. Usually, the application process can become complicated if you do it alone.

However, if you choose iVisa, we will make sure that the process is simple and that you do not have to worry about anything when applying for the visa. As a result, you can travel and enjoy the destination with peace of mind.

To visit Kenya, it is essential that you have an electronic visa. Many nationalities around the world must apply for the eVisa Kenya.

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The Kenya e-visa has replaced this tedious system with long queues at consulates or embassies to process your information and obtain a visa for this country.

And luckily for you, with iVisa service you can apply for this Kenyan visa 100% online, from the comfort of your home.

If you want to travel to Kenya, in this article we will explain all the necessary information you need to apply online for your travel document.

What is the Kenya eVisa?

The Kenya eVisa is an electronic visa document that allows visitors to enter Kenya. This is a single-entry visa that you can use to visit family, and do tourist and business activities and is valid for 90 days after being issued.

That means that if you visit Kenya you need to stay for a maximum of 90 days and you can not leave and return during that time period. In addition, it is possible to extend your stay for 90 more days!

If you want to learn about how to extend your stay you can check the FAQs section below.

With this travel document, you can only visit Kenya and not other African countries.

When you arrive at the port of entry, present your passport and a printed copy of your e-visa. You will also need to present the required health documents.

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When should I apply for my Kenya eVisa?

You can apply for this travel document between 2 business days and 6 business days before your trip to make sure you have it on time, but it is recommended to do it a little more in advance in case there are any problems with the information you provided.

If you need to apply at the last minute, don’t worry! iVisa can process your visa in 2 working days!

Remember that this travel authorization is a mandatory requirement to enter Kenya. Therefore, if you do not have this travel document before your flight, your entry may be denied at the airport, and you will have to return to your country.

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What do I need to apply online for my Kenya eVisa application form?

Depending on your circumstances and the purpose of your visit, there may be additional requirements you need to register online. These are the essential travel documents for the visa application:

  • A valid passport - It needs to be valid for a least 6 months from the expected entry date.

  • Applicant photo - You must upload a government-approved passport photo. iVisa can help you to get your photo. Click here.

  • Travel information - Flight information and travel itinerary.

  • Proof of Accommodation - The dates in this document must match the travel dates selected in the application.

We will send your travel document application approval via email when we finish the process.

The Kenya eVisa allows you to enter the country with your travel documents in pdf format.

When passing through immigration, you will need to present the printed eVisa or electronic form and show your valid passport, among other requested documents.

If you want to know about the extra requirements you need to apply smoothly for this visa check out the FAQs section below.

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How to apply for the Kenya eVisa online?

If you want to enter the Republic of Kenya, you can get a visa online with us before traveling. Just follow these steps from any electronic device to apply for your Kenya eVisa with iVisa. It will take less than 10 minutes!

  • Step 1 - Complete our online form with your personal and travel information.

  • Step 2 - Select a processing time according to your needs. Next, attach the required documents (passport, photo, and travel documents) if you make a mistake, you will not be able to request a new form while the current one is being processed, so you must review the information carefully. Then you can confirm the payment with your credit/debit card or PayPal.

  • Step 3 - Finally, wait for confirmation of your form to be emailed to you.

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Once you have received your confirmation email with your Visa Kenya attached, we recommend that you save a copy of the form on your phone. This will make it easy for you to show it at the airport counter or to a border control agent upon arrival with your passport at your destination.

Who needs to apply for the Kenya eVisa?

You can apply with iVisa. for your Kenya e-Visa if you’re a citizen from any of the following countries below:

Albania Algeria Andorra Angola
Cambodia Argentina Australia Austria
Bhutan Bosnia and Herzegovina Brazil Bulgaria
Chad Central African Republic Cape Verde Canada
Comoros Chile China Colombia
Croatia Cuba Czech Rep Denmark
El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Estonia Finland
Greece Greenland Guatemala Guinea
Hong Kong Hungary Iceland India
Italy Japan Jordan Kazakhstan
Latvia Liberia Liechtenstein Lithuania
Marshall Islands Mauritania Mexico Micronesia
Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Nepal
Oman Pakistan Palau Panama
Portugal Puerto Rico Qatar Romania
Slovakia Slovenia South Sudan Spain
Switzerland Taiwan Thailand Timor-Leste
Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States
Yemen Antigua and Barbuda Bangladesh Cambodia
Bolivia Bahrain Belarus Benin
Belgium Burkina Faso Central African Republic Canada
Cape Verde Chad Chile Colombia
China Comoros Congo Ivory Coast
Costa Rica Djibouti Dominican Republic Egypt
Ecuador France Gabon Germany
Georgia Guinea-Bissau Guyana Honduras
Haiti Indonesia Iran Israel
Ireland Korea Kuwait Laos
Kyrgyzstan Luxembourg Macedonia Malta
Madagascar Moldova Monaco Montenegro
Mongolia Netherlands New Zealand Norway
Nicaragua Paraguay Peru Poland
Philippines Russia Sao Tome and Principe Serbia
Saudi Arabia Sri Lanka Sudan Sweden
Suriname Togo Tunisia Turkmenistan
Turkey Uruguay Uzbekistan Vietnam
Venezuela Democratic Rep. of Congo Cameroon Azerbaijan
Eritrea Macao Mali Niger
Nigeria Reunion Western Sahara Taiwan

If your country is not listed and you want to visit Kenya, you should check what type of travel document you need and the entry requirement in our Visa Tracker.

Do children need to apply for a Kenya eVisa?

Applicants under the age of 16 do not need to submit a visa application. Only their valid transport documents will be required at the point of entry.

What's the cost of the Kenya eVisa?

We offer 3 options depending on your time and travel needs:

Single Entry Visa, 90 days - Kenya Tourist eVisa

  • Standard Processing Time: 6 Business Days - USD $111.19
  • Rush Processing Time: 4 Business Days - USD $153.19
  • Super Rush Processing Time: 2 Business Days - USD $198.19

Using iVisa online service to apply for your Kenya online visa will enable you to get the approval you need to enjoy your trip. Our team of specialists will check your application before submission to ensure that you will receive the approval.We include the government fee ($55.20) so you can pay all at once!

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To avoid delays at the customs office, we will submit your travel authorization to the government in advance of your arrival. Our fee charge allows us to request, process, and track your travel authorization on your behalf. Remember, business days are from Monday to Friday.

Benefits of applying with iVisa

At iVisa, we make getting your Kenya eVisa Kenya as easy as possible. We are offering you a fast checkout service and an approved visa application form to fill out as a foreign traveler and get your visa as quickly as possible.

Forget about filling out long and complicated forms or visiting the embassy. iVisa offers you simplified application forms that are 50% shorter than the average government ones. You can complete them at your peace and if you haven’t finished, you can save them for later!

When you apply with us, our team of experts will take care of the application process for you and make sure that your travel documents are processed efficiently and that your application meets government standards.

iVisa values your safety. That is why we have a solid security system to protect your personal information. We recommend you go over to our reviews section and read what our past customers have said about our services. We’re sure you’ll find them to your liking.

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In what situation do I need a transit visa?

If you are not planning to stay in Kenya longer than 72 hours and your trip has a connection through Kenya, you will not need an approved eVisa. Instead, you will need a transit visa .

Persons catching connecting flights directly without leaving the airport do not need to apply for Transit visas.

Kenya Covid-19 Travel Restrictions

Do I need a COVID 19 Vaccine to enter the country?

COVID-19 vaccination passports or certificates are not mandatory to enter Kenya.

For more information on the restrictions in force for vaccinated travelers, please stay updated before traveling.

Do I need a PCR Test to enter the country?

Unvaccinated travelers must present a negative RT-PCR test result performed 72 hours before travel. However, fully vaccinated travelers with valid vaccination certificates do not have to present a COVID-19 test to the immigration officer to enter the country.

Travelers under 12 years of age and persons on a full vaccine course are exempt from this requirement.

Do I need to quarantine upon arrival?

Unvaccinated or fully vaccinated travelers won’t need to quarantine upon arrival.

Who can I speak to if I have more questions?

Our customer service representatives are always standing by to help you arrange your visa to Kenya. We are eager to answer all of your questions 24/7, so please feel free to contact us!

Required Documents to Apply
  • Minors Passport Bio Data Page (if applicable)

  • Applicant's Photo

  • Passport Cover

  • Passport Personal Details Scan

  • Proof of Accommodation (if applicable)

  • Invitation Letter (if applicable)

  • Host's ID (if applicable)

  • Hospital Letter (if applicable)

  • Appointment letter from Kenyan hospital (if applicable)

  • Organization's Certificate of Registration in the justice authority (if applicable)

  • Employment Proof (if applicable)

  • Previous Visas Last Year (if applicable)

Important Instructions
  • Kenya eVisa is a necessary electronic travel document to visit Kenya and is valid for 90 days.

  • Kenya eVisa is a single-entry visa that allows you a maximum stay of 90 days.

  • Citizens from eligible countries can apply for the Kenya eVisa. Check out if your country is eligible in the learn more section below.

  • Applicants who are 16 (sixteen) years old and below do not need to submit a visa application. Only their valid transport documents will be required at the point of entry.

  • You can not apply for this visa on arrival.

  • You can not apply for this visa for free.

  • You can not travel to other African countries with this eVisa.

  • Engaging in any form of work or employment without a required permit or pass is not permitted.

  • You can do tourist activities, visit family and do business activities with this eVisa.

  • You can extend your stay with this eVisa for 90 more days.

  • When you arrive at the port of entry, present your passport and a printed copy of your e-visa.

  • Unvaccinated travelers must present a negative RT-PCR test result performed 72 hours before travel.

  • A transit visa is required in certain circumstances. You can learn more about it in the FACs below.

NOTE: The possession of a visa is not the final authority to enter the Republic of Kenya.

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It will depend on the method of processing you choose at the time of application:

  1. Standard processing: 6 Business Days.
  2. Rush Processing: 4 Business Days.
  3. Super Rush Processing: 2 Business Days.

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It is the responsibility of each passenger to check these regulations before traveling to the selected destination.

Kenya e-visa is valid for 90 days after issued. An extension may be obtained by visiting the immigration headquarters once you are inside Kenya.

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The applicant’s passport should have at least 6 months validity from the time of entry into Kenya and at least one blank page.

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To apply for a Kenya e-Visa, you must meet the following conditions:

  • You must be currently outside Kenya.
  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from your arrival date in Kenya.
  • You must show confirmation of your flight leaving Kenya.
  • You must show proof of your ability to support yourself during your visit.
  • Your entry must not violate the security and national welfare of anyone in Kenya.

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Once issued, an e-Visa to Kenya is valid for 90 days after issued. Once you present yourself to immigration control at the port of entry, you may be issued with a stay period not exceeding 90 days in Total, which may be renewed for a further 90 days in Total at the immigration headquarters. The maximum number of days a visitor may stay in Kenya is 90 days in Total.

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Yes, we will send you your payment invoice, which can be used to travel even if you don't have your e-Visa on hand.

The reason for this is that Kenya visa applications are automatically approved by the Kenyan Government after screening. At times, the system becomes congested due to high volumes of applications, and this can cause some applications to be excluded in the batch approvals. When this happens, the approval will no longer be generated.

Instead, travelers will have to print copies of the visa payment invoice and use the printed copy to board the plane and for visa issuance upon arrival in Kenya. The airlines are aware of this, so the travelers will have no problem entering the country.

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iVisa.com is not affiliated with the government of Kenya. We have years of expertise in issuing government-compliant visas and travel documents, so you can feel at ease when you apply for the Kenya eVisa with iVisa.com services.

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Kenya requires visitors to have a travel document/passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the date you enter the country. Depending on your nationality, there may be additional requirements beyond the Kenya visa requirements.

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The immigration officers at the airports verify the Kenya e-Visa on their system. However, we highly recommend you keep a copy of the e-Visa on your electronic device or preferably print it out. This is especially important in case there is a system failure at the point of entry.

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If you are in Kenya and wish to extend your stay, you may apply for an extension at the immigration headquarters in Nairobi. Note that the maximum number of days a visitor may stay in Kenya is 6 months.
An account is generated for you automatically after applying for a visa. Click the link in your confirmation email to set up a password or reset here.

The Single Entry visa is issued for single entry to people whose nationalities require a visa to enter Kenya either for business, tourism, or medical reasons.

The transit visa is issued to people connecting through Kenya to other destinations for a period not exceeding 72 hours. Those catching connecting flights without leaving the airport do not need to apply for transit visas.

Yes, when your visa is used or expired you need to apply for another one in order to travel to Kenya again.

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They are tourism, business, education, employment, medical, religion, settlement/family, and "other.”

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No. Unfortunately, if you make a mistake the e-Visa is INVALID and you will need to apply for a new one. If you do notice a mistake on your application, please contact us as soon as possible.

The Kenyan Transit Visa is only required and issued to persons connecting through Kenya to other destinations with a transit period not exceeding 72 hours. If you are staying in Kenya for longer or your transit exceeds 72 hours, obtain your e-Visa here.

Persons catching connecting flights directly without leaving the airport (international connections) do not need to apply for Transit visas.

Africa is a beautiful continent, and many African countries are on people’s bucket list such as Kenya. As you can imagine, most people visit African countries to go on safaris, but the scenery is not too bad either. Nonetheless, there are a few things you should probably be aware of before your departure, and most of them regard your personal safety. While Kenya is a relatively safe country, you should always be prepared to avoid trouble. Stick around to learn a few basic things that you should keep in mind if you are thinking of visiting Kenya. First of all, as mentioned above, Kenya is a pretty safe place to visit. People there are very friendly, and you will be respected as a tourist. At the same time, however, Kenya is a poor country, so petty crimes will happen if you draw too much attention to yourself. The best thing you could do is wear clothes that do not attract attention, and you should probably leave all your jewelry at home. If you have a camera or other such devices, you should keep them away from sight when you are not using them. At the same time, it is recommended that you get a money belt to keep your cash and a copy of your passport. You never know when some poor person is desperate enough to rob you. Women are also pretty safe in Kenya. Nonetheless, you should dress modestly. You do not want to catch someone’s eye without reason, so leave your jewelry and unnecessary devices at home. Also, it would probably be a good idea not to travel alone or go out alone at night. It is better to avoid such situations than getting into trouble. Another thing you should know before traveling to Kenya is that some inoculations are in order. For one, you need to get immunized against Typhoid fever, Yellow fever, and of course, Malaria. There are a few other diseases that you should protect yourself against, such as tetanus or hepatitis A, but it is best if you ask your doctor which ones you need. Perhaps you have already had a tetanus shot in the last 10 years and do not remember. The point is that there are quite a few diseases that you can get to Kenya, and if you can prevent them beforehand, that would be excellent. You do not want to ruin your vacation because you could not be bothered to get immunized, do you? When it comes to communication, you should not have any issues. In Kenya, people speak English and Swahili. They get very excited when they hear tourist saying a few words in Swahili, so learning a few formulas could help you make more friends. However, if you do not have the time, English is just fine. You will be able to communicate with people in Kenya. This is especially important when it comes to guides. There are some strict rules when it comes to safari, and you need to be clear on every single aspect. Speaking of guides, you can explore some of Kenya on your own, but if you want to see the wildlife, a tour guide is recommended. After all, this is animals we are talking about, and you may not know the proper behavior you should adopt when you encounter them. If we are talking about predators, that is even more so. It is a fact that people have die from not listening to the tour guides. Leaving the wildlife aside, we should probably cover the food and drinks. From what we can tell, the water in Kenya is okay to drink. However, if you have a sensitive stomach, you may want to go for bottled water instead. If you want to just brush your teeth, tap water is just fine. Drinking, on the other hand, should be handled with caution. As for food, Kenya is not famous for any dishes. Not that we know of, at least. Even so, people in Kenya eat a lot of grain such as couscous and rice. They add a side of fish or other meats. But what you will love is the seasoning. Kenyans know how to season their food, and surely you will find it delicious. While we are still on the subject of food, you should probably avoid street vendors. This rule applies to many countries, and Kenya makes no exception. Street vendors do not always cook their food in sanitary conditions, and it is very easy to get sick from that. However, if you see a bunch of people, locals or foreign, that they stay in line to get food from a street vendor, you could probably eat there too. Crowded lines are always a sign of tasty and healthy food. If you have the chance, you should try and learn something about the tribes in Kenya. They have some exciting stories, and if you ask your tour guide, he can take you there and see how the tribes live. You will hear a lot of interesting stories. There are only two tribes in Kenya that tourists know of. The Massai and the Samburu tribes. They lead very simple lives, but they seem to be very happy. Their way of life will make you think about how complicated your own life is. But even so, visiting one or both tribes will be an interesting experience for you. Kenya is not a rich country. Not in wealth, anyway. However, it does have some wonderful places you can see. The wildlife and the insects are something you can stare at all day long, although we recommend that you get bug repellants. The people are friendly, the tourism there is cheap, and you can have an incredible experience. If you go on safari, surely you will want to come back. Who knows? Maybe you will choose the best time to catch some of the Great Migration. It is something that you need to witness at least once in your life.
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