The validity term indicated on the Kenya visa refers to the period within which you can arrive in Kenya. This is a validity term of 3 months. The maximum length of stay in Kenya is 90 days. The maximum length of stay only starts from the actual date of arrival, even if you filled in a different date in the visa application form. The maximum length of stay after arrival in Kenya can be extended a single time; from 90 days to 180 days.
Validity term of the Kenya visaThe validity term of the Kenya visa is the period within which you can arrive in Kenya. The validity term is always exactly 3 months. When exactly this validity term of 3 months starts, depends on the moment you apply for the Kenya visa.
In case you apply for the visa more than a month before arrival
In the online application form you fill in the expected date of arrival. If this date is more than a month in the future, your application is put on hold after submitting it. Next, the application is processed exactly one month before the filled in expected date of arrival. The application is generally approved within two days. The moment of approval is also the moment on which the validity term of 3 months starts. In most cases, this would be about 28 days before the filled in date of arrival in Kenya. As soon as the Kenya visa is approved, you may enter Kenya. Because of this, it is possible to expedite your actual travel date by a few weeks, without it influencing the validity of your visa. It is also possible to postpone the travel date, up to a maximum of two months after the filled in expected date of arrival.
In case you apply for the visa less than a month before arrival
If in the application form for the Kenya visa you fill in that you wish to arrive within a month, then the application is processed right away after it is submitted online. Approval of the application takes 8 days on average (average 4 workdays with an urgent application). From the moment of approval you can travel to Kenya. You need to arrive in Kenya within the validity term of 3 months after approval of the visa. The trip can therefore also take place several weeks before or after the expected date of arrival you fill in on the online application form.
Maximum length of stay in Kenya
From the date of arrival in Kenya, you can stay in the country for a maximum of 90 days. This is still the case even if the actual date of arrival doesn’t match the expected date of arrival as filled in on the visa application form. However, the date of arrival does need to fall within the validity term indicated on the visa, as mentioned in the previous paragraph. This period is three months.
Extend maximum length of stay in Kenya
The standard maximum length of stay of the visa for Kenya is 90 days, from the actual day of arrival. If desired, this can be extended a single time, from the standard 90 days to 180 days. An extension can be arranged at the main office of the immigration service in Kenya. No guarantees can be given beforehand that an extension of the validity will be granted.
Make sure that the validity of the Kenya visa doesn’t expire early
There are a number of situations in which it can occur that the validity of the visa for Kenya expires prematurely, before the 90 day validity period has been reached. This can happen in the following situations:
- The passport of the traveler is valid for less than 6 months after arrival
- An employee of the immigration service suspects that you don’t meet the visa requirements
- The local authorities suspect that the traveller doesn’t follow local laws
- The return flight takes place earlier *
* On arrival, an employee of the Kenyan immigration service stamps the passport of each traveler. In that stamp, the final date is mentioned on which the traveler must exit the country. For this purpose, on arrival the passenger's flight schedule will be asked for. The date of departure will then be copied as the final date of departure which is stamped into the passport. Due to the maximum validity term, this date cannot be more than 90 days after the date of arrival in Kenya.
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Multiple trips to Kenya
The visa for Kenya can only be used to enter Kenya a single time. If you leave the country, the validity of the visa instantly expires. Do you want to travel to Kenya a second time? Then you need to apply for a new visa. The second visa can only be applied for after you have left Kenya. This is because only a single visa can be issued at any one time, and no application can be submitted while the concerning traveler is still in Kenya.