British travellers, among others, will no longer need a visa to travel to Kenya. That's what Kenyan President Ruto announced while the country was celebrating the 60th anniversary of their independence from Britain. Rather than applying for a visa, travellers will soon be able to apply for an ETA for Kenya.

What is the ETA?

The acronym ETA stands for Electronic Travel Authorisation. By introducing this travel authorisation, Kenya follows several other countries that already use electronic travel authorisations such as the US, Canada and New Zealand.

The ETA is not available yet

Currently, it is not possible to apply for the ETA, which means it is still mandatory to apply for a visa before travelling to Kenya. The tourist or business e-visa for Kenya can easily be applied for via the online application form.

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Nationalities eligible for the ETA

Kenya has annouced that travellers from every country will benefit from the visa waiver. However, these travellers have to apply for an ETA. it is not yet known whether exceptions will apply to certain countries. However, it is already known that travellers from certain countries, including the United Kingdom, will be eligible for the ETA.

Countries with visa waiver for Kenya

Travellers with certain nationalities are currently allowed to stay in Kenya for up to 90 days without a visa, as long as they hold a valid passport or ID. It is not yet known whether travellers from these countries will also need an ETA for Kenya in the future. The nationalities in question are listed in the table below.

Travellers with the nationality of one of these countries do not need a visa for Kenya
Bahamas Barbados Belize
Botswana Brunei Burundi
Comoros Congo-Brazzaville Congo-Kinshasa
Cyprus Djibouti Dominica
Eritrea Ethiopia Fiji
Gambia Ghana Grenada
Jamaica Kiribati Lesotho
Malawi Malaysia* Maldives
Mauritius Mozambique Namibia
Nauru Papua New Guinea Rwanda
Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa San Marino Seychelles
Sierra Leone Singapore Solomon Islands
South Africa* South Sudan Swaziland
Tanzania Tonga Trinidad & Tobago
Tuvalu Uganda Vanatu
Zambia Zimbabwe

* Travellers with these nationalities are allowed to stay in Kenya without a visa for up to 30 days instead of 90.

The Kenya visa is mandatory for certain nationalities

Travellers with other nationalities are required to apply for a visa before travelling to Kenya. Certain travellers are eligible for a visa which can easily be applied for online, including travellers from the United Kingdom. Travellers with one of these nationalities may easily apply for a Kenya visa via this website. From January 2024, travellers from the UK, among others, can apply for an ETA instead of this visa.

Certain travellers, however, are not eligible for the online application. They must apply for a Kenya visa via the embassy of Kenya. It is not yet clear whether these travellers will also be eligible for the ETA for Kenya. The validity period of the visa applied for through the embassy is 30 days. The table below shows which nationalities are not eligible for the online application process. Travellers with these nationalities must apply for their Kenya visa through the embassy.

Travellers with the nationality of one of these countries must apply for a visa Kenya through the embassy
Afghanistan Armenia Iraq
Yemen North Korea Lebanon
Libya Palestine Somalia
Syria Tajikistan

Requirements of the Kenya ETA

In order to be eligible for a Kenya ETA, you must hold a passport valid for at least 6 months after your arrival in Kenya. Moreover, your passport must have at least 3 blank pages left and you must be able to show a return ticket upon arrival. All data and information requested in the ETA application form for Kenya must be filled in truthfully. If you submit your ETA application via e-Visa.ie, it will be checked for common errors by experienced visa specialists before being forwarded to the Kenyan immigration service.

Validity and duration of stay ETA Kenya

Your passport and ETA will be checked by a customs officer upon arrival in Kenya. Since the ETA is automatically linked to your passport upon being granted, you do not need to print anything out. In fact, the check will be carried out based on your passport number.

The ETA is supposed to be valid for 3 months, and it should allow travellers to stay in Kenya for up to 90 consecutive days.

ETA implementation in January 2024

The ETA for Kenya will be officially implemented in January 2024. Moreover, the Kenyan government is going to provide more information on the ETA's exact requirements and validity. As soon as more information on the Electronic Travel Authorisation is provided, you will read about it on this website.

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