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How Can We Get a Kenya Visa Extension?
3 min read
Updated on May 14, 2024

Embarking on an unforgettable journey through Kenya and finding yourself not ready to leave yet? You're not alone.

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Many travelers, captivated by the country's breathtaking landscapes and vibrant culture, often wish to extend their stay. Fortunately, getting a visa extension in Kenya is possible.

We're ready to help you keep enjoying Kenya without stress! So keep reading to learn how to get your Kenya ETA extension.

How to apply for a Kenya ETA extension

First and most importantly, keep in mind that you can now apply for a Kenya ETA instead of a paper visa, making the application process easier than ever.

For those holding a Kenya ETA, which is initially granted for a 90-day stay, you can extend it for another 90 days, allowing for a total stay of up to 180 days. This extension needs to be done in person at the Immigration Services Office in Nairobi.

What are the requirements for extending my Kenya ETA?

Depending on your circumstances, you may need to pay a fee when extending the ETA. To get the exact list of requirements, please send an email to [email protected] or call +254 202 222 022.

You may also need to provide the following:

  • The current ETA that you are looking to extend

  • Copy of the bio-data page of your valid passport

Important: If you wish to stay longer in Kenya without undergoing the process of extension, then you can leave the country and apply for a new ETA from any neighboring country, such as Ethiopia or Tanzania.

It’s worth noting that the Kenyan Government reserves the right to approve or reject the extension application.

How long does it take to get my Kenya ETA extended?

The processing time for a Kenya ETA extension can vary depending on the circumstances of your application.

ETA extensions may likely take 3 to 5 working days. We recommend applying at least two weeks before your current ETA expires.

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Overstaying ETA in Kenya: What are the consequences?

Overstaying your ETA in Kenya can result in several penalties, including fines, deportation, and legal repercussions. The consequences vary based on how long you've overstayed and your specific circumstances:

  • Fines: Short overstays might lead to fines, payable at immigration offices or upon departure, with the amount depending on the overstay length​​.

  • Deportation: Longer overstays or severe violations could lead to detention and deportation proceedings, potentially banning you from re-entering Kenya for a certain period​​.

  • Legal action: Prolonged or repeated overstays might trigger legal action, including further fines and possible imprisonment, affecting future travel plans and your record​​.

  • Ineligibility for future ETAs: Overstaying could make obtaining future ETAs challenging, as you may be viewed as a compliance risk by immigration authorities​​.

Can I change my visa status?

Changing your visa status in Kenya involves a process that can vary depending on your specific circumstances.

For example, if you're looking to change from an ETA to a work or residence permit, you'll need to contact the Directorate of Immigration Services. They offer a range of services, including work/residence permits and passes.

Here’s where you can find different locations of immigration offices in Kenya:

Need more help about traveling to Kenya?

If you still have questions about traveling to Kenya or the Kenya ETA application, we’re ready to help. Our customer service team is always happy to help, so feel free to contact them any time via WhatsApp or 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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