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Traveling to Kenya with an East Africa Visa: What you need to know
4 min read
Updated on May 14, 2024

Heading to Kenya and wondering if you can use an East Africa Visa? Let’s find out.

Traveling to Kenya isn’t just about soaking in the sun on the white, sandy beaches in Mombasa or seeing the wildebeest migration in the Maasai Mara; you must also consider the essentials, like getting your visa.

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This blog will explain what you need to know about the East Africa Visa and how to get it before visiting Kenya. Let's get started.

What is the East Africa Visa?

The East Africa Tourist Visa simplifies travel between Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda. This visa is valid for 90 days and is considered an economical choice if you plan to visit all three countries; it’s cheaper to get compared to single-country visas.

The East Africa Visa allows multiple entries within the three countries; however, once you travel outside Rwanda, Kenya, or Uganda, you’ll have to apply for a new one. This visa can only be used for tourism.

Working or extended stays beyond 90 days are not permitted. You will need to apply for separate visas if you intend to extend your stay or engage in activities other than tourism​.

Can I travel to Kenya with an East Africa Visa?

Yes, you can. When using an East Africa Visa, you need to start your trip from the country that issued the visa. This means if your visa was issued by Kenya, you must first enter through Kenya and then travel to Uganda and Rwanda without additional visas.

However, with the introduction of the Kenya Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA), the application process for the East Africa Visa has changed. If you're starting your journey in Kenya, you currently can’t get the East Africa Visa online through Kenyan portals. Instead, you’ll need to reach out to the Kenyan embassy or consulate in your home country for details on how to apply.

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How to apply online for an East Africa Visa

You can get an East Africa Visa online through the Uganda or Rwanda immigration websites. Keep in mind that the country that issued the visa will need to be your entry point first before proceeding to Kenya.

How to apply for an East Africa Visa through Uganda

  1. Visit the Uganda e-Immigration System website.

  2. Click on “Start a new application.” Read the terms and conditions displayed in the Disclaimer popup and click “Accept.”

  3. Select “Visa” in the Visa or Permit Type dropdown list, “East Africa Tourist Visa” in the Category dropdown list, and “East Africa Tourist Visa” in the Subcategory dropdown list.

  4. Fill out the application form with your personal and travel details.

  5. On the next page, upload the required documents in the supported formats and correct file size.

  6. Submit your application and follow the instructions on how to pay for the visa.

  7. An approval letter will be generated and emailed to you.

  8. Once you arrive in Uganda, present the letter, payment receipt, and passport to an immigration officer. Make sure your passport has at least one blank page. The visa will be affixed to your passport.

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How to apply for an East Africa Visa through Rwanda

  1. Visit the IremboGov website.

  2. In the “Immigration and Emigration” section click “Visa Application.” In the Visa Application popup, select “Visa Application” in the Request Type dropdown list.

  3. Complete the application form with your personal and travel details. In the Applicant Details section, select your nationality, document type, currency, and visa type (V11 East Africa Visa).

  4. At the bottom of the page, upload the required documents in the supported formats and correct file size.

  5. On the next page, verify that all your information is correct before clicking “Submit.”

  6. Follow the instructions on the next page to pay for the visa.

  7. You’ll receive an email with your East Africa Tourist Visa acceptance letter. Print out the letter and present it to the immigration officer, along with your passport, when you arrive in Rwanda. Make sure your passport has at least one blank page for the visa.

Where to get support

If you need consular assistance while traveling in East Africa, your country's embassy or consulate can provide the help you need. Use our Embassies Finder to locate the nearest diplomatic mission.

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