Kenya determines its visa regulations involving the entry requirements, the countries eligible to apply for an e-Visa or embassy visa, and the exempted countries.
- Depending nature of the visit and the total length of stay in Kenya, nationals from 45 countries can enter Kenya without having any visa by simply showing their passports valid for at least six months. In this case, allowed stay is 90 days, and if they want to stay longer in Kenya or their purpose of the visit is different than tourism, business, or transit, they need to apply for an e-Visa and follow all other formalities.
Citizens from approximately 140 countries need to apply for an electronic visa by following an entirely online procedure. If you are a national from an eligible country, you should apply for e-Visa if you intend to have a shorter stay for any purpose from tourism, business, or medical treatment.
Kenya has not permitted Visa on Arrival for these countries yet.
- Citizens from 60 countries need to get an embassy visa, irrespective of the nature of travel and period of stay.
Tourist Visa Policy for Kenya:
- The nationals who are not visa-exempt must get an e-Visa or embassy visa to enter Kenya for tourism purpose.
- Kenya issues a Tourist e-Visa for a single entry allowing a total stay of 90 days and multiple entries for an overall stay of 3 to 12 months.
It also issues a 5-year multiple entry visa for tourism purpose valid for five years only to US citizens.
Upon approval of e-Visa, the applicant receives a PDF copy of e-Visa via email.
The e-Visa holder will present the e-Visa to an immigration officer in Kenya at any point of entry.
- The nationals who need to get an embassy visa must submit their application for a tourist visa at the office a few days before the intended date of travel.