Kenya Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes Yes Yes
British Yes Yes Yes
Canadian Yes Yes Yes
Other EU Yes Yes Yes/1
USA Yes Yes Yes

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Passports

To enter Kenya, a passport valid for at least six months from the date of entry, and with at least two blank pages, is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.

Visas

Visas for Kenya are required by the nationals referred to in the chart above, except (1) nationals of Cyprus, who do not need a visa.

Apart from Cyprus, citizens from the following countries also do not need a visa to Kenya: Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brunei, Burundi, Darussalam, Dominica, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Jamaica, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Americans, Australian, British, Canadians and EU nationals can obtain your visa on arrival; passport photos are not required. However, to save time at the airport, it's a good idea to obtain one in advance, either online (evisa.go.ke/evisa.html) or from the embassy/ high commission. If you require a multiple-entry visa, you must obtain this in advance at the nearest embassy/ high commission.

Travellers who are also visiting Rwanda and Uganda may find it more useful to apply for an East Africa cross-border joint visa which allows entry into all three countries on a single visa.

Visa note

Please note that citizens from Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cameroon, Eritrea, Iraq, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, North Korea, Palestine, Senegal, Somalia, Syria and Tajikistan require a referral visa and cannot apply online.

Kenya has an agreement with Tanzania and Uganda to waiver visa re-entry fees if travelling between the three countries as long as single-entry visas remain valid for each country. This means multiple-entry visas are not required if going from Kenya to Tanzania or Uganda and back to Kenya. The same applies for travel from Uganda and Tanzania.

Types and cost

You can apply for a single-entry eVisa and Transit visa online at evisa.go.ke/evisa.html. The fees are:
• Single-entry eVisa: US$51
• Transit visa: US$21

For British living in the UK, you can also apply for single-entry (£30), multiple-entry visa (£60), East Africa Tourist Visa (£65), as well as diplomatic visa and transit visa, by visiting the Kenya High Commission in London. Please download the appropriate form online at kenyahighcom.org.uk/visas-2 first.

For citizens living in other countries, please visit you nearest Kenya embassy for East Africa Tourist Visa. The fee is US$100.

Validity

• Transit: valid for a short stopover or overnight only
• Single-entry visa: three months
• Multiple-entry visa: one year
• East Africa tourist visa: multiple entries within 90 days.

Transit

Transit visas are available to air passengers with connections in Kenya and for those travelling through Kenya to other destinations within a three-day period; an onward ticket or tour itinerary/confirmation is required.

Application to

There are three ways to get your visa: on arrival, online (evisa.go.ke/evisa.html), or at the consulate (or consular section at embassy or high commission).

Working days

Allow two days for eVisa processing and three days if applying via the embassy/ high commission.

Sufficient funds

You may be required to show proof of funds, such as a credit card.

Extension of stay

You can extend your stay by up to 90 days at the immigration headquarters in Nairobi. The maximum time you can stay in Kenya is six months.

Entry with pets

If bringing a pet into Kenya, you must obtain an import licence from the embassy/ high commission. 

Embassies and tourist offices

Kenya Embassy in the USA
Telephone: +1 202 387 6101 Website: http://www.kenyaembassydc.org/ Opening times: Mon-Thu 0900-1600, Fri 0900-1300.  
Kenya High Commission in the UK
Telephone: +44 20 7636 2371/5. Website: http://kenyahighcom.org.uk/ Opening times: Mon-Fri: applications 0930-1200, collections 1400-1530.
British High Commission in Kenya
Telephone: + 254 20 287 3000. Website: www.gov.uk/world/organisations/british-high-commission-nairobi Opening times: Mon-Thu: 0700-1600; Fri: 0700-1300.

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Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.