kenya Visa Overview

Kenya is a country with vast diversity and has its own unique way to attract people. There are more visitors travelling to Kenya in recent times and is becoming a very good tourism destination. There are few countries which do not require Kenya Visa and can enjoy the Kenya Safari Tours without applying for a Visa.

Kenya Visa Requirements

  • You will need a passport with validity of six months as on the date of submission of application for Visa.

  • The passport should have at least 2 blank pages

  • A recent passport size photograph

  • Proof of residence

  • Return Ticket

Kenya Visa Requirements

Kenya Visa on arrival

If you plan to obtain visas on arrival then you’ll need US$50 each in cash for the visa fee. Please make sure you have the exact amount in cash with you before you leave home as there is no foreign exchange facility in Immigration and they do not accept credit cards or Travellers Cheques and do not give change.

You should be given an immigration form on the plane and it is best to complete this before you land so you can go straight into the queue to purchase your visa. Children under the age of 16, travelling with an accompanying adult, do not require a visa.

Types of Kenya Travel Visa:

The type of visa you must have is defined by the Kenyan and Visa Regulations, and relates to the purpose of your travel.

  • Single Journey Visa:

    Issued for Single or Multiple entries to persons whose nationalities require visas to enter Kenya. As per Kenya Safari Facts this visa is suitable for people travelling once for a visit.

  • Transit Visa:

    Issued for periods not exceeding three days to persons whose nationalities require visas to enter Kenya and who intend to transit through Kenya to a different destination.

  • Diplomatic Visa:

    Issued for Single or Multiple entries to holders of Diplomatic passports who are on official duty

  • Courtesy/ Official Visa:

    Issued to persons holding Official or Service passports on Official duty and to Ordinary passport holders who are not entitled to a Diplomatic visa; but where it is considered by the Director to be desirable on the grounds of international courtesy.

  • East Africa Tourist Visa:

    This is a joint tourist visa that entitles holders to travel to and within the Republic of Kenya, Republic of Rwanda and Republic of Uganda for the purpose of tourism. Validity of East Africa Tourist Visa: 90 (Ninety days) Multiple Entry.

Costs Of Kenya Visa online

Single entry visa (Business or Tourism) $51

Transit visa $21

East Africa Tourist Visa Coming Soon $101

How To Apply Online For A Kenya E-Visa

You can apply Visa for Kenya online by following the below procedures:

Register with the Kenya Immigration Department for an E-visa Account with your username and a password and to receive an email with a link to enable you to activate your E-visa Account.

Once you activate your account, by clicking on a link in the email sent to you, you will be asked to submit a recent passport-type head and shoulders photo which you will need to have already scanned and saved on your computer. Please ensure that the photo is less than 1MB otherwise it may not upload successfully on the online form and it should have a white background.

You will also need to have a scanned copy of the Bio-data page of your passport and a scanned copy of your booking confirmation invoice showing arrival and departure dates.

To complete the Online Form it is best to have Google Chrome installed on your computer. Using Internet Explorer is likely to cause problems in completing the online process. The Online E-Visa Application form is mobile-enabled for smartphones and tablets.

Select “Department of Immigration Services” and then click on Submit Application followed by clicking on “Kenyan Visa”.

You will then select “Apply for a Single Entry Visa” (which also includes Double Entry) and complete the Application Form online which includes adding the passport photo and booking confirmation.

You will then submit the Kenyan Visa Application and pay the online fee of US$51, or equivalent, using Visa or Mastercard debit cards. Credit cards are also acceptable for payment but an additional 3% fee applies to make a total of $52.53.

Then await for approval to be shown on your E-Citizen account page within 3 days, with the status of your application indicated as ISSUED to enable you to click on the Download tab and then print your E-Visa.

Present your printed E-Visa to the Passport Control officer on arrival at the airport in Kenya.

According to Kenya Travel guide you will need to know this before applying for Kenya E-Visa:

  • Visa processing fee is non-refundable.

  • Incomplete applications will be rejected.

  • The possession of an eVisa is not the final Authority to enter The Republic of Kenya.

  • Engaging in any form of business or employment without a requisite permit or pass is an offence

  • A visa is required prior to entry into The Republic of Kenya.

  • The eVisa printout must be presented at the port of entry.

Now you know the complete details of Visa and how to apply for Kenya Visa. This visa will allow you to explore Kenya to the fullest and enjoy the beautiful nature, landscapes and wilderness.

Purpose Tourism
Entry Single
Stay Maximum of 90 days after arrival
Delivery time Normal: average 8 workdays
Urgent: average 4 workdays
Cost £ 74,95 per visa

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Frequently asked questions

Kenya Safari FAQs

The cost of Safari normally depends on the number of days you have to spend in the country and what type of accommodations would you like to choose and what type of Safari would you like to go with. The Kenya Safari cost will range from $500 to $5000 per person according to your choices and preferences.

There are few extra costs for additional special activities if you prefer, like; Hot Air Balloon, Night game drives, Birding Safari and other activities. Tipping in Kenya Safari is also followed by most of the travellers and you will need to include it in the Safar cost.

Kenya welcomes you year around with its diverse nature and wildlife habitat. There are 2 main seasons in Kenya; Dry and Wet season. The best time to visit Kenya Safari is on dry season which is from June to September and December to January.

The length of the Safari depends on what you want see, what is your holiday duration, budget and if you are travelling for the first time. The normal spending time in the Safari is 7 to 9 days. The longer you spend time in the parks; it is more likely to spot wild.

You will be able to see most of the wild animals and birds in Kenya. However, the most important ones are Big5 and Big9. The Big5 are; Lion, Leopards, Rhino, Elephant and Cape buffalo. The Big Nine are; Big Five and Cheetah, Giraffe, Hippopotamus, Zebra. This is one of the most important Kenya Safari Facts.

Kenya Lodge Safari and hotel accommodations range from deluxe, world-class properties to local inns, full-service tented camps, game-park lodges, beach resorts and camp grounds. You can go with properties that are Mid Luxury and above.

It depends on which state you are coming from it could take upwards of 36 hours to get from the US to Nairobi.

Example: If you are flying from Los Angeles to Nairobi with Air France and had one layover in Paris. That first leg will be 11 hrs. Paris to Nairobi would come up to 9 hours.

The price is decided according to your choice of airlines and seat preference. There are flights starting from $700 for base level economy. The flights are long and typically overnight. This is the best time to use those credit card or airline points to upgrade to business class and enjoy the every worth of it.

There are no major requirements of vaccinations to visit Kenya. However, if you are travelling from a country which is affected from Yellow fever, then you will need to carry a Yellow fever vaccination certificate to enter Kenya. The other recommended vaccines are; Typhoid, Tetanus, Hepatitis A, Malaria and Rabies.

As pet the Kenya Travel guide, the best Safari in Kenya is; Game drives and bush safari, Beach Safari, Bird watching and more. The best safari destinations in Kenya are; Masai Mara, Amboseli National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Mount Kenya, Tsavo National Parks, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Mombasa Beach, Samburu, Shaba and Buffalo spring National Reserves.

The Safaris in Kenya are 100% safe. Riding around in the open air vehicles on game drives is one of the coolest experiences. At times you will be within 5 to 6 feet of lions but never once you will feel scared. The Kenya guides are very experienced and know how to read these animals.

Additionally, if anything were to happen to a guest a guide can lose their license entirely, so they will not put you in a situation that would ultimately harm you. It’s important to trust them and listen to their directions!

The Safaris are organised in the National parks and conservation areas. The best safaris of Kenya are arranged in Masai Mara National Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park and other main national parks.

Both of the countries has the similar way of tourism with all the wilderness and landscapes, but Kenya got into the tourism industry very earlier than Tanzania, so Kenya would be a preferred place for Safari in Africa. You can also opt for Kenya Tanzania combined safari.

Yes, Kenya is an expensive country to visit as a tourist. The gap between what locals earn and what you spend as a tourist is also very large. The minimum salary in Kenya is only 20038 sh, which amounts to $186, while as a tourist we already spend $186 per day. This makes Kenya even for Kenyans themselves very expensive.

Yes, if you request with specific needs, the safari and accommodation facility will be available for a wheel chair passenger. The diet requirement can also be arranged. The guides and drivers are experienced to take care of specially able people.

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