Kenya Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes Yes Yes
British Yes Yes Yes
Canadian Yes Yes Yes
Other EU Yes Yes Yes/1
USA Yes Yes Yes

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Passports

To enter Kenya, a passport valid for at least six months from the date of entry, and with at least one blank page, is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.

Visas

Visas for Kenya are required by the nationals referred to in the chart above, except (1) nationals of Cyprus, who do not need a visa.

You can obtain your visa on entry; passport photos are not required. However, multiple-entry visas cannot be issued at the point of entry, and must be obtained in advance through Kenya’s embassies.

Travellers who are also visiting Rwanda and Uganda may find it more useful to apply for an East African cross-border joint visa which allows entry into all three countries on a single visa.

Visa note

Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for Kenya.

Kenya has an agreement with Tanzania and Uganda to waiver visa re-entry fees if travelling between the three countries as long as single-entry visas remain valid for each country. This means multiple-entry visas are not required if going from Kenya to Tanzania or Uganda and back to Kenya. The same applies for travel from Uganda and Tanzania.

Types and cost

Transit visa on arrival: US$20; single-entry visa on arrival: US$50, payable in US Dollars, Euros, Pounds Sterling or Swiss Francs.

East African tourist visa: US$100.

Transit visa: £10; single-entry visa: £30; multiple-entry visa: £60. These fees are for visas obtained in advance from the embassy/high commission.

Validity

Single-entry visa: three months; multiple-entry visa: one year; East African tourist visa: multiple entries within three months.

Transit

Transit visas are available to air passengers with connections in Kenya and for those travelling through Kenya to other destinations within a three-day period; an onward ticket or tour itinerary/confirmation is required.

Application to

Consulate (or consular section at embassy or high commission).

Working days

Allow two days for visa processing if applying via the embassy. If the visa has to be referred to Nairobi, it can take up to six weeks.

Sufficient funds

You may be required to show proof of funds, such as a credit card.

Entry with pets

If bringing a pet into Kenya, you must obtain an import licence from the embassy/high commission. 

Embassies and tourist offices

Kenya Embassy in the USA
Telephone: (202) 387 6101. Website: http://www.kenyaembassy.com
Kenya High Commission in the UK
Telephone: (020) 7636 2371/5. Website: http://www.kenyahighcommission.net Opening times: Mon-Fri: applications 0930-1200, collections 1400-1530.
British High Commission in Kenya
Telephone: (20) 2844 000. Website: http://www.ukinkenya.fco.gov.uk Opening times: Mon-Thurs: 0700-1600; Fri: 0700-1300.
Edited by Jane Duru

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