Since 2021, the Kenya visa can only be applied for online. You receive it by e-mail. To apply for this electronic visa (e-visa) for your trip to Kenya, you must fill in a digital application form. This means you do not need to visit an embassy or consulate.
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What is an e-visa?
An e-visa is an electronic document in the form of a PDF file. E-visas are not applied for at an embassy or consulate, but online using a digital application form. These e-visas are therefore not physically stamped into the passport of the applicant, as was the case in the past.
An e-visa is electronically linked to a passport. Through this electronic link, immigration departments can use the passport details of an incoming traveller to check if they have a valid travel permit. More and more countries have started making use of electronic issuing systems for e-visas due to their simplicity, lower costs and shorter approval times.
Only e-visas since 2021
Kenya introduced the e-visa in 2015 as an extra option to regular visas. However, it quickly turned out that most travellers preferred the online application procedure. The e-visa was also a major improvement for the immigration department and embassies. That is why in 2021 the Kenyan government decided to abolish the old application procedures at the embassies.
Do I need to apply for an e-visa Kenya?
Are you going on a holiday or business trip to Kenya? Then you will likely have to apply for an e-visa.
The visa requirement applies to all tourists and business travellers from the European Union, as well as travellers from the United Kingdom and Switzerland. However, travellers with the nationality of Cyprus are exempt, as are children under the age of 16.
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Do you have the nationality of a country not mentioned above? Continue reading here.
What can I do in Kenya with an e-visa?
The e-visa offers you the possibility to stay in Kenya for up to 90 days. Read more about the validity period here.
The e-visas that can be applied for on this website are suitable for:
- Tourism - for example, a safari holiday or performing amateur sports
- Visiting friends and/or family members in Kenya
- Business trips - for example, attending business meetings, conferences or fairs
- Medical treatments
Combining the above-mentioned activities with the same e-visa is also permitted. Make sure to also take into account a number of additional rules regarding the e-visa for Kenya.
How does the application procedure work?
The application procedure for the e-visa Kenya can be quickly and easily completed online. It can even be done on your smartphone. An e-visa application begins with opening and filling in the application form.
Carefully write down all your details in the form, making sure to check for any typing errors. Afterwards, you can pay the visa costs, which can be done with various safe online payment methods. You will then be forwarded to the submission page. Here, you must provide several documents, including a photograph, a scan of your passport and a booking confirmation. Carefully read all the instructions on that page
After submitting the documents, your application for the e-visa Kenya is processed. Often, you will receive an e-mail the following working day which states if your documents have been approved by the visa specialists of e-Visa.ie. Our visa specialists will also check if your application form is free of errors. If everything is in order, your application is submitted to the immigration department. This is the branch of the Government of Kenya which approves or rejects your application. If no problems are found, your e-visa will be issued. You will then receive an e-mail or a text message.
What is the delivery time for the e-visa Kenya?
On average, e-visas for Kenya are delivered after 8 working days. This is counted from the moment you provide your documents in good order. If you check the urgent delivery box in the application form, the average delivery time is 4 working days.
Remember to print your e-visa and take it with you to Kenya. It is also recommended carrying a print of all the documents you submitted during the application. You must also carry a ticket for the return trip. Finally, make sure to carry your passport in your hand luggage.
e-Visa.ie is a commercial and professional visa agency, and supports travellers in obtaining, among others, the Kenya visa. e-Visa.ie acts as an intermediary and is in no way part of any government. You can also apply for a visa directly with the immigration service (52,53 USD per visa, via dis.ecitizen.go.ke). However, not with our level of support. If you submit your application via e-Visa.ie, our support centre is available to you 24/7. In addition, we manually check your application and all the documents you provide before submitting it to the immigration authorities on your behalf. If we suspect any errors or omissions while doing so, we will personally contact you to ensure that your application can still be processed quickly and correctly. To use our services, you pay us 52,53 USD in consular fees, which we pay to the immigration service on your behalf, as well as € 31,68 in service fees as compensation for our services, including VAT. Our services have saved many travellers from major problems during their trip. Should an application be rejected despite our support and verification, we will refund the full purchase price (unless an application for a previous Kenya visa was rejected for the same traveller). Read more about our services here.