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Kenya ETA for Canadian citizens
3 min read
Updated on Mar 07, 2024

Keen on visiting Kenya? We'll make your ETA application simple.

The Kenya ETA application might look challenging, but we're here to assist you.

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Forget the paperwork and start thinking about your trip, like roaming the serene Amboseli National Park, engaging with the history in the old town of Lamu, or enjoying the sunsets at Lake Victoria. We'll handle the ETA details so you can focus on the unique experiences Kenya has to offer.

Does a Canadian citizen need a visa for Kenya?

If you're a Canadian citizen planning to travel to Kenya, you must secure a Kenya ETA beforehand. This electronic travel authorization has replaced the traditional eVisa system, becoming a mandatory step for all visitors, including Canadians, to complete before they arrive in Kenya.

The shift to the Kenya ETA is a positive change for travelers, offering a quicker and more straightforward way to get authorization to enter Kenya. It's not just about making things easier for travelers; this system also supports the Kenyan government's efforts to enhance the safety and security of its borders.

We're familiar with every detail of the ETA application process and ready to guide you through it, helping you dodge the common errors that might lead to application rejection. To ensure a smooth journey, it's wise to apply for your Kenya ETA right after booking your flights and accommodation. While unexpected delays are rare, it's best to be prepared. You can apply for the ETA as early as three months before your travel date.

Kenya transit visa: Do Canadians need a transit visa?

Previously, travelers from countries needing a visa to enter Kenya, who were passing through to other destinations and wanted to leave the airport's international zone during their layover, had to obtain a Kenya Transit Visa. Canadians, exempt from this requirement, didn't need to secure a transit visa for such layovers..

With the introduction of the Kenya ETA, the scenario has changed. The ETA has taken over the role of the transit visa, so now Canadian travelers looking to exit the international zones at Kenyan airports during layovers must apply for a Kenya ETA.

However, there's an exception. If you're a Canadian transiting through Kenya without intending to leave the international zone of the airport, you won't need to apply for a form of transit visa. This applies if you're staying within the airport's international zone or transferring directly between flights.

How to get a Kenya ETA from Canada with us

Choosing our service to apply for your Kenya ETA means selecting a platform that provides a clear and personalized application experience.

Here's how you can secure your Kenya ETA with us:

  • Step 1: Enter your personal and travel details on our website or via the iVisa app.

  • Step 2: Verify that all the information you've provided is accurate, and decide your preferred processing time. Pay the fees with a credit or debit card, PayPal, or Venmo.

  • Step 3: Complete the rest of the application form, upload the required documents, and submit it.

Once you've completed these steps, our team will review your application to ensure everything is in order. We'll notify you when your ETA is approved and send it directly to your email. Please print and save a copy and save it on your mobile device as well before your trip to Kenya.

Kenyan Embassy in Canada

For consular assistance regarding your Kenya ETA, Canadian citizens can contact the Kenya High Commission in Ottawa.

  • Address: 415 Laurier Avenue East, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

  • Phone: +1 613 563 1773

And if you're not in Canada or just looking for a different Kenyan diplomatic mission, we've got a tool for that. Our Embassies Finder can point you to the nearest Kenyan embassy or consulate, no matter where you are.

Need more information?

If you have more questions about applying for a Kenya ETA from Canada, you can get in touch with our customer support team. Contact them any time via WhatsApp or through the iVisa chat.

  • iVisa is NOT affiliated with any government agency. This site does not provide legal advice and we are not a law firm. None of our customer service representatives are lawyers and they also do not provide legal advice. We are a private, internet-based travel and immigration consultancy provider dedicated to helping individuals travel around the world. You may apply by yourself directly on the various government websites. The source of information: https://immigration.go.ke/
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