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Visa Requirements

Most visitors to Kenya require a visa although citizens from a few smaller Commonwealth countries are exempt.

Visas are valid for three months from the date of entry and can be obtained on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. Tourist visas can be extended for a further three-month period.

Applications for visas can also be made at any Kenyan High Commission or Embassy prior to traveling but you should apply well in advance, especially if you are applying by mail.

Immigration offices are only open Monday to Friday, the smaller visa officers may refer you to Nairobi or Mombasa for visa extensions. Local immigration offices include the following:

  1. Kisumu (1st floor, Reinsurance Plaza, cornet of  Jomo Kenyatta Highway  & Oginga Odinga Rd)
  2. Lamu (042-633032; Off Kenyatta Rd) Travellers are sometimes referred to Mombasa
  3. Malindi (042-20149; Mama Ngina Rd)
  4. Mombasa (041-311745; Uhuru ni Kari Building, Mama Ngina Drive)
  5. Nairobi (020-222022; Nyayo House, cornet Kenyatta Ave & Uhuru Highway; 8.30am-12.30pm & 2-3.30pm Mon-Fri)

Types of Visas

  1. Ordinary/Singe Entry Visa: Required by all persons intending to enter Kenya for visits or residency. The current standard visa fee for an ordinary or a Single Journey entry visa is US $ 50.
  2. Transit Visa: Required by all person intending to transit trough Kenya for periods not exceeding seven days. The transit visa fee shall be US $20.
  3. Diplomatic Visa: Issued gratis to holder of a Diplomatic Passport on official business. NOTE: Diplomats and governing officials on private visits to Kenya and who are nationals of countries that require referred visas shall have their visa applications referred to the Principal Immigration Officer, Nairobi, for approval.
  4. Official/Service VisaOfficial, Service, Ordinary/Transit Visas: are issued gratis to holders of Official or Service passport on official visits
  5. Multiple Journey Visa: All persons who are nationals of countries which require visas for Kenya and who by nature of their business or circumstances require to make frequent visits to Kenya may be issued with Multiple Journey Visa for Kenya within six (6) or twelve (12) months as the case may be. Multiple Journey Visas are referred to the Principal Immigration Office for processing and approval, ad are valid for six (6) or twelve (12) months as the case may be. The standard fee for a multiple journey visa is US $100 for all nationalities.
  6. Courtesy Visas: Courtesy, Transit and Ordinary Visas may be issued gratis in accordance with the Provisions of categories 1, 2 and 3 of the Visa Regulations, where the applicant is not entitled to a Diplomatic Visa, but where it is considered by the issuing officer to be desirable on the grounds of international courtesy.

Visa Fees

  1. Transit Visa: US $10
  2. Referral Visa: US $5
  3. Ordinary/Single Journey Entry Visa: US $25
  4. Multiple Journey Visa (for all nationalities): US $50
  5. NB. All Visa Fees are Payable in US Dollers ONLY (for all nationalities)

How long does visa processing take?

  1. Single entry visa may be issued on application subject to the requirements.
  2. Multiple journey visa may be issued within 30 working days.
  3. Transit visas may be issued on application.
  4. Diplomatic visas is issued on application.
  5. Transit visas is issued on application.
  6. Official/ service visa is issued on application.
  7. Referred visa is issued on application.

For more information on visas please visit Immigration Department of Kenya


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