Learn More: East Africa Tourist Visa
Content updated, May 2023
Explore Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda using the Kenya East Africa Tourist Visa! Apply with iVisa
Do you want to explore East Africa? Well, you’re lucky because currently the government of Kenya offers the East Africa Visa, but to get this document you need first to make sure you have the right travel documents to enter these countries.
In this article, you will find updated information about everything you need to know about the Kenya East Africa Tourist Visa, how to travel to Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda, and have an incredible experience in these countries by discovering different cultures, beautiful nature, and wildlife.
Keep reading to find out how to apply for this visa online using a quick, hassle-free, and completely digital application form.
What is the Kenya East Africa Tourist Visa?
The Kenya East Africa Tourist Visa is a multiple-entry official travel document that allows you to travel between Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda to do tourist and business activities, visit family, or receive medical treatment.
These countries created a partnership to boost regional travel and enable tourists to explore East Africa's diverse culture, nature, and wildlife.
Take into account that with this visa, the first country you will enter in East Africa has to be Kenya. With iVisa the visa application process is done 100% online, so you don’t need to visit an embassy or consulate. Remember that you need to apply for this visa outside Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda.
Who is eligible to apply for the East Africa Tourist Visa?
Any foreign citizen who wants to visit all three countries for tourism on one trip is eligible to apply for this visa. If you're unsure about which visa you need, please consult our handy Visa checker, which you can find at the top of this page.
What is the validity period of the East Africa Tourist Visa?
The East African Tourist Visa is valid for 90 days, and you can stay for up to 3 months per entry in the region. Take into account that the approved visa must be used within 3 months of the issuance date.
Important: Although this is a multiple-entry visa, it automatically expires if you leave the region. For example, if you have entered Kenya and leave after 14 days to go to Europe, this visa is not valid anymore to visit Rwanda and/or Uganda. You can only enter the second or third country from another East African nation under this agreement.
What are the required documents I need to apply for the East Africa Tourist Visa?
To apply for the East Africa Visa online, we require the following documents and information to submit your application:
- Details and a copy of your valid passport and its cover. Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months upon entry to these East African countries.
- Applicant passport photo with white background. If you don't have one, check out the iVisa digital photo service where you can get this photo from home.
- Documents proving the purpose of your visit (medical, tourism, family visit, business, etc.)
- Your return ticket.
Benefits of getting your Kenya East Africa Tourist Visa with iVisa
Application 100% government-compliant: Our iVisa team will review each one of the answers you give on the form and adjust them to be 100% compliant with the government requirements.
Simplified Form: While on the Embassy website, you will have to answer confusing and tedious questions, at iVisa, you will only have to answer a simplified form with clear questions. It will be like filling out a short survey.
Fill out the form at your own pace: With the iVisa platform, you can fill out the form at your own pace, make changes whenever you want, and save your progress, so you do not have to start from scratch, unlike the embassy website which cuts you off from their website every time you take a break.
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Transiting in Kenya
This visa cannot be used for transit. However, another type of visa, the Kenya Transit Visa, is valid for 3 days from the planned arrival date, for a stay of 72 hours. Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to find out more about this visa.
How can I apply for the Kenya East Africa Tourist Visa online?
With iVisa, the Kenya East Africa Tourist Visa application process takes just a few minutes to complete. You just need to follow these simple steps:
Step 1: Fill out our simplified form with basic information, such as passport details, your name, and your email address. Then, choose your preferred processing time, depending on your needs.
Step 2: Once you submit your information and pay for the service, we will review your application to be 100% government-compliant.
Step 3: Upload all required documents, such as your passport photo, and confirm your application.
Once the eVisa is approved, you will receive it via email.
The eVisa is usually electronically linked to your passport. We advise you to print the confirmation of your approved visa to show it to border officials if necessary.
Traveling with minors to Kenya
Minors under 16 do not need a visa for Kenya. They have permission to enter the country without showing a valid visa. However, please check the applicable visa requirements for each country you intend to visit, as requirements may differ per country.
COVID-19 restrictions in Kenya
The COVID-19 Kenyan travel ban is no longer in effect. Foreign citizens can now apply for a Kenyan visa online in minutes.
Passengers no longer need to present proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test.
Note: Passengers arriving with symptoms of flu will be required to fill out the passenger locator form and take an on-arrival antigen test. Followed by a PCR test if it is positive. Tests will be paid for by the passenger.
Where can I learn more?
If you have questions about this visa or another travel document to visit Kenya or the East Africa region, please do not hesitate to contact our customer service team via online chat or email h[email protected]. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Required Documents to Apply
- Minors Passport Bio Data Page (if applicable)
- Applicant's photo
- Passport Cover
- Passport scan
- Airline confirmation
- Proof of Accommodation (if applicable)
- Cover 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)
- Host's passport page (if applicable)
- Employment Proof (if applicable)
- Previous Visas Last Year (if applicable)
NOTE: With this visa, the first country you enter in East Africa must be Kenya.
The Kenya East Africa Tourist Visa is a multiple-entry official travel document that allows you to travel to Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda.
With the Kenya East Africa Tourist Visa you can do tourist and business activities, visit family, or receive medical treatment.
The East Africa Tourist Visa is valid for 90 days after arrival.
The maximum length of stay is 90 days Per Entry, and it is valid for Multiple Entry.
To apply for this travel document, you shouldn’t have another current Kenya, Uganda, or Rwanda visa.
You must be outside these countries at the time of application.
Proof of accommodation is required by the Kenya government to get your visa. The dates in this document need to match the travel dates selected in your application.
Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months upon entry to these East African countries.
This visa cannot be changed to a work visa while inside the Republic of Kenya, Uganda, or Rwanda.
You can't transit through Kenya with this visa. However, you can apply for the Kenya Transit Visa.
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My application couldn’t be completed due to an error. What now?
What can I do if my Kenya East Africa Tourist Visa application has been canceled or rejected?
The iVisa experts always review your documents and help you during the application process to avoid rejection. However, if the Kenya government rejects or cancels your application, you are eligible for a full refund of the iVisa processing fee related to the number of rejected applicants. Other than that, we do not refund the government fees.
You may consider re-applying for the Kenya East Africa Tourist Visa depending on the reasons for cancellation or rejection.