To travel to Kenya with your visa, you need to meet all of the Kenya visa requirements; check this before departure. If you don’t meet these requirements, you will be stopped on arrival, can be deported from the country, and it can even lead to you being denied future visa applications for Kenya.
Requirements for the trip to Kenya
The regular electronic visa for Kenya which can be applied for through this website can only be used for tourist or business purposes (holidays and business trips), and for medical trips. Both the Kenya tourist visa and the business visa have a certain validity period. More information about the way in which this term is calculated can be found on the validity of the Kenya visa page.
First book the flights and an accommodation, then apply for the visa
Applications for the Kenya visa that are submitted through this website are very rarely rejected, although this can never be guaranteed beforehand. Because of infrequent rejection rate, it’s not a major risk to already book the flights and (at least one) overnight stay before applying. This is also necessary, as the expected date of arrival and departure, as well as the address information of the first overnight stay need to be filled out in the visa application form.
Submit at least seven days before arrival
The visa for Kenya is granted on average after 8 workdays. If an urgent delivery is chosen, the average delivery time is 4 workdays. This is counted from the moment the application is submitted and the payment has been made. However, it might occur that the immigration service of Kenya needs more time for their assessment. Delivery times for visas for Kenya can therefore never be guaranteed, regardless of the way they were applied for. Make sure that you submit the application at least seven days before departure, or if possible (much) earlier.
Requirements for the passport
Only travellers with a valid passport can apply for the visa for Kenya. This passport must state that the traveller possesses the British nationality (British citizen), or one of the other accepted nationalities. It is not possible to submit an application with a residence permit or another type of travel document. The passport also needs to be valid for at least six more months from the moment of arrival in Kenya, in order to meet the requirements for the visa. Furthermore, it needs to contain at least one empty page, so that a stamp can be placed on arrival and departure by the immigration clerk.
Requirements for working and business trips
Working in Kenya with the online visa is only permitted if it concerns a business trip, wherein the traveller doesn’t enter into service with the organisation being visited in Kenya. Travellers that do plan to do this need to apply for a special work permit.
Requirements for the location of arrival
One of the requirements tied to the visa for Kenya is that travellers can only arrive in the country at the location where a control post is stationed. This includes most airports, harbours and border crossings. It is highly recommended checking if your location of arrival falls under this.
Permitted locations of arrival by plane
- Eldoret International Airport (EDL)
- Garisa Airport (GAS)
- Jomo Kenyatta Airport (NBO)
- Kisumu Airport (KIS)
- Lamu Airport (LAU)
- Lokichogio Airport (LKG)
- Malindi Airport (MYD)
- Moi Airport Mombasa (MBA)
- Wajir International Airport (WJR)
- Wilson Airport (WIL)
Permitted locations of arrival by sea
- Kilindini Sea Port, Mombasa
- Mbita Point, Nyanza
- Muhuru Bay, Nyanza
- Old Port, Mombasa
Permitted locations of arrival by road
Masai; nomad people in Kenya
Take along on your trip
To meet the Kenya visa requirements, travellers need to carry a number of documents with them during their trip. These need to be kept with the hand luggage so that they can be handed over to the employees of the immigration service and other authorities at any time. This concerns the following documents:
The passport of the traveller
This needs to be the same passport that was used while applying for the Kenya visa; the visa check takes place based on the passport number. Is the passport not valid for the entire trip? If a new passport is taken into use, a new visa application needs to be submitted alongside it.
Booking the flights
Travellers need to print and take along all bookings of flights, into and out of Kenya, with them on their trip.
Booking of the first overnight stay
It is not necessary to have booked all hotels or other accommodations before departure. However, at least the first overnight stay must have been booked. The confirmation of this booking needs to be printed and taken along to Kenya.
Three groups of travellers are exempt from needing a Kenya visa. They can enter the country by only carrying a passport with them which meets the requirements described above. This concerns:
- Travellers that are 15 years or younger and are travelling with their parents
- Travellers with a passport that was issued by a number of exempt countries *
- Travellers that are only making a transfer or transit in Kenya and are not leaving the airport
* Owners of a passport from one of the following countries don’t need a visa to enter Kenya: Barbados, Malawi, Belize, Malaysia, Botswana, Mauritius, St. Lucia, Brunei, Namibia, Swaziland, Burundi, Nauru, Tanzania, Cyprus, Papua New Guinea, the Bahamas, Dominica, Rwanda, Tonga, Fiji, Samoa, Trinidad, Ghana, Seychelles, Tuvalu, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Jamaica, Singapore, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Zambia, Lesotho, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Do you meet the requirements?
Travellers that meet all of the requirements mentioned on this page can make use of the Kenya visa, and can easily submit their application online through the digital application form: Apply for the Kenya visa now