To apply for the Kenya visa online, the digital application form needs to be filled in. Read here how you can fill in the form. This can be done for one or several travellers at once. Do this at least a week before departure, preferably several weeks in advance.

Step by step explanation on how to submit the Kenya visa application

In this article, you will be guided step by step through the visa application process for Kenya. The procedure consists of three parts:

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1. Gather the required information

Before you start filling in the form, it is wise to gather some information. This way, the next step can be run through quickly. If a group application is submitted, less information needs to be provided. It is therefore wise to make use of this when travelling as a group.

Required per application
Regardless of the number of people for whom a Kenya visa is applied for in a single form, the following information is required only once:

  • Contact information of the applicant
  • Date of arrival in Kenya
  • Location of arrival (airport, harbour or border crossing)
  • Date of departure from Kenya
  • Travel purpose (tourism, business)
  • Name, address and e-mail address of the first overnight location

Required per person
After the above-mentioned information has been filled out, additional travellers can be added to the form. Per traveller it is required to fill in the following information:

  • Passport information
  • Function title (profession)
  • Names of the parents of the traveller
  • Travel history of the past 3 months
  • Description of any previous trips to Kenya
  • Two safety questions*

* This concerns questions which the government of Kenya asks to make an estimate of the risks involved with allowing the traveller entry into the country. It is asked whether the traveller was ever denied access to a country before and if they have ever been criminally convicted.

2. Fill in the Kenya visa application form

When all the above information has been collected for all travellers applying for a Kenya visa, the application form can be opened by pressing the button below:
Open the Kenya visa application form

In the form, you will be asked for the information as mentioned in step 1. First, the contact information and the travel details, and then the personal information. The personal information needs to be filled in separately for each traveller. When the form is opened, several input fields for the first traveller will be displayed displayed. The form can be expanded for additional travellers by pressing the button "Add a traveller" at the bottom.

3. Check the information and select the payment method

After all the data in the application form for the Kenya visa has been filled in, you can click on "Apply for visa" at the bottom of the page. This will send you to the control page. Here, all of the filled-in information will be displayed again. It is important to closely read all of the information to correct any potential mistakes. Pay extra attention to the passport number and other information copied from the passport. The check performed to obtain a Kenya visa is based on the passport number; if it is not copied 100% correctly, it can lead to the traveller not being able to clear the passport check after arrival in Kenya.

If all of the filled in information is correct, the desired payment method can be selected at the bottom of the control page. The cost can be paid with Visa, MasterCard, American Express and PayPal.

4. Making the payment and providing the documents

After selecting the desired payment method, you will be forwarded from the control page to the payment section, which will vary depending on your bank. After completing the payment, you will return to this website. Next, each traveller for whom a Kenya visa is being applied for will be asked to upload four or five documents:

  • A scan of the passport
  • A passport photo
  • A confirmation of the first accommodation (booking or invitation from friends/family)
  • Only when staying with friends or family: a scan/photo of the passport or identity card of the person you are visiting

The scan of the passport needs to be of the information page which shows the personal information of the traveller. The passport photo needs to be in colour and cannot be a cutout of the photo in the passport.

The following booking confirmations must be provided:

  • A booking confirmation of a hotel, camping, resort or other accommodation in Kenya, or an invitation letter from the person you will be visiting in Kenya

After uploading these files, the application is processed immediately.

5. Receiving the Kenya visa

After uploading all the necessary documents as described above, the Kenya visa is processed by the immigration office. As soon as the application is approved, you will receive an e-mail and a text message. The e-mail contains a link with which the Kenya visa can be downloaded. It is important that the visa is printed and that each traveller carries their own visa with their passport during the trip to Kenya.