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Kenya Visa and Passport Requirements

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


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


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, to save time at the airport, it's a good idea to obtain one in advance, either online or from the embassy/high commission. If you require a multiple-entry visa, you're advised to obtain this in advance.

Travellers who are also visiting Rwanda and Uganda may find it more useful to apply for an East Africa 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 eVisa/visa on arrival: US$21; single-entry eVisa/visa on arrival: US$51.

East Africa tourist visa: US$101.

Transit visa: £10; single-entry visa: £30; multiple-entry visa: £60; East Africa visa: £65. These fees are for visas obtained in advance from the embassy/high commission.


Transit: valid for a short stopover or overnight only; single-entry visa: three months; multiple-entry visa: one year; East Africa tourist visa: multiple entries within 90 days.


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

On arrival, online ( or at the consulate (or consular section at embassy or high commission).

Working days

Allow two days for eVisa processing and three days if applying via the embassy/high commission.

Sufficient Funds

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

Extension of stay

You can extend your stay by up to 90 days at the immigration headquarters in Nairobi. The maximum time you can stay in Kenya is six months.

Entry with pets

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

Our visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing,
We strongly recommend that you verify critical information unique to your trip with the relevant embassy before travel.

Embassies and tourist offices

Kenya Embassy in the USA

Telephone: + 1 202 387 6101
Address: NW, 2249 R Street, Washington, 20008,
Opening times:

Mon-Thu 0900-1600, Fri 0900-1300.


Kenya High Commission in the UK

Telephone: +44 20 7636 2371/5.
Address: Marylebone, 45 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AS,
Opening times:

Mon-Fri: applications 0930-1200, collections 1400-1530.

British High Commission in Kenya

Telephone: + 254 20 287 3000.
Address: P.O. Box 30465-00100, Upper Hill Road, Nairobi, ,
Opening times:

Mon-Thu: 0700-1600; Fri: 0700-1300.