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 Every foreign national traveling to Kenya must be in possession of a valid passport.

For information on Kenyan Missions Abroad, click here

 

Types of visa

  1. Ordinary/Single 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 persons intending to transit through Kenya for periods not exceeding seven days. The transit visa fee shall be US $20.
  3. Diplomatic Visa
    Issued gratis to holders of Diplomatic Passports 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 Visa
    Official, 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 Visas 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, and 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 $20
  2. Referral Visa: US $5
  3. Ordinary/Single Journey Entry Visa: US $50
  4. Multiple Journey Visa (for all nationalities): US $100

NB. All Visa Fees are Payable in US Dollars ONLY (for all nationalities)

 COUNTRIES WHOSE NATIONALS DO NOT REQUIRE VISAS TO ENTER KENYA

  1. COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES NAMELY:
  • The Bahamas
  • Jamaica Samoa
  • Barbados Lesotho
  • Seychelles
  • Botswana
  • Malawi
  • Singapore
  • Brunei
  • Mauritius
  • Sierra Leone
  • Cyprus
  • Maldives
  • Swaziland
  • Dominica
  • Namibia
  • Tanzania
  • Fiji Island
  • Naura
  • Tonga
  • Gambia
  • Nauru
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Grenada Papua
  • New Guinea
  • Tuvalu Grenadines
  • St. Lucia
  • Uganda
  • Ghana
  • Zimbabwe
  • St. Vincent and
  • The Vanuatu B
  • Zambia

WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE FOLLOWING COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES WHO REQUIRE VISAS

  • Citizens of Australia, other than holders of diplomatic, official or service passports traveling on official business for visits of not more than 30 days.
  • Citizens of Sri Lanka
  • Citizens of South Africa (for visits of more than 30 days)
  • Citizens of Malaysia (for visits of more than 30 days )
  • Citizens of Guyana
  • Citizens of Nigeria
  • Citizens of India
  • Citizens of Antigua and Barbuda
  • Citizen of St. Christopher and Nevis
  • Citizens of New Zealand (for visits of more than 30 days)
  • Citizens of the UK (except serving members of the British military who are exempt from Immigration formalities).
  • Citizens of Canada
  • Citizens of Ireland

 

NATIONALS OF COUNTRIES, CLASSES AND CATEGORIES OF PERSONS WHO MAY BE ISSUED WITH VISAS ON APPLICATION EITHER ON ARRIVAL AT A PORT OF ENTRY OR AT ANY KENYA MISSION ABROAD

  1. Nationals of the following countries, classes and categories of persons may be issued with visas on application, and without reference to the Principal Immigration Officer, Nairobi, provided that they do not fall under the classes and categories of persons mentioned under Chapter 1, paragraph (E) of the Visa Regulations.
    1. Holders of Palau Pacific Isles Region (HKSAR)
    2. Albania
    3. Algeria
    4. Argentina
    5. Belarus
    6. Bhutan
    7. Bosnia-Herzegovina
    8. Bulgaria
    9. Burma
    10. Burundi
    11. Cambodia
    12. Central African Rep.
    13. Chile (Nationalist)
    14. Columbia
    15. Congo (Brazzaville)
    16. Czech
    17. Denmark
    18. DRC
    19. Egypt
    20. Equatorial Guinea
    21. France
    22. Hong Kong
    23. Germany
    24. Greenland
    25. Guatemala
    26. Guinea
    27. Hungary
    28. Indonesia
    29. Israel
    30. Ivory Coast
    31. Kampuchea
    32. Kirghistan
    33. Kuwait
    34. Liberia
    35. Liechtenstein
    36. Lithuania
    37. Madagscar
    38. Malta
    39. Mexico
    40. Monaco
    41. Morocco
    42. Nepal
    43. Nicaragua
    44. Panama
    45. Pakistan
    46. Phillipines
    47. Poland
    48. Reunion Bolivia
    49. Russia
    50. Salvador
    51. Saudi Arabia
    52. Slovian
    53. Sri Lanka
    54. Sudan
    55. Switzerland
    56. Thailand
    57. Tunisia
    58. Turkmenistan
    59. United Arab Emirates
    60. U.S.A.
    61. Vatican City
    62. Vietnam
    63. Yugoslavia
    64. Angola
    65. Australia
    66. Bahrain
    67. Iceland
    68. Brazil
    69. Burkina Faso
    70. Benin
    71. Bangladesh
    72. Canada
    73. Chad
    74. China (China Peoples Republic)
    75. Comoros
    76. Costa Rico
    77. Cuba
    78. Djibouti
    79. Dominican Rep
    80. Equador
    81. Former States of Estonia
    82. French Guyana
    83. Netherlands
    84. Niger
    85. Mozambique
    86. Yemen
    87. Venezuela
    88. Mongolia
    89. Uzbekistan
    90. Moldavia
    91. Ukraine
    92. Mauritania
    93. United Kingdom
    94. Malagasy
    95. Turkey
    96. Macedonia
    97. Togo
    98. Luxembourg
    99. Sweden
    100. Libyan
    101. Surinam
    102. Laos
    103. St. Christopher CapeVerde
    104. Korea (South)
    105. Spain
    106. Kazakhstan
    107. Slovak
    108. Japan
    109. Sao Tome
    110. Italy
    111. Ireland
    112. Rwanda (gratis )
    113. Romania
    114. Qatar
    115. Haiti
    116. Portugal
    117. Guinea Bissau
    118. Guinea
    119. Peru
    120. Paraguay
    121. Greece
    122. Administrative Georgia
    123. Oman
    124. Norway
    125. Gabon
  2. Delegates attending regional or international conferences, meetings, workshops, seminars and courses sponsored by regional or international organisations of which Kenya is a member.
    Spouses and children accompanying delegates who fulfil the requirements of paragraph 2 (b) above may be issued with visas on application.
  3. Diplomats arriving to take up diplomatic assignments/appointments in Kenya may be issued with gratis entry visas on application and without reference to the Principal Immigration Officer, Nairobi provided that: -
    1. Such persons produce documentary evidence of their official Assignment / appointment to Kenya.
    2. Wives and children accompanying such diplomats who fulfil the requirements of category 2 (c) above; and provided such persons, their wives and children do not fall under chapter I paragraph "E" of the visa regulations.
  4. Diplomats and government officials coming to Kenya to conduct official business or transiting through Kenya may be issued with entry/transit visas on application and without reference to the Principal Immigration Officer, Nairobi, for periods not exceeding seven (7) days, provided that: -
    1. Such persons produce documentary evidence of their nature of official business or transiting through Kenya, and spouses.
    2. Spouses and children accompanying such diplomats and government officials who fulfil the requirements of category 2 (d) above and provided such persons, their spouses and children do not fall under Chapter I, paragraph "E" of the visa regulations.
      NOTE: Diplomats and government 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, in the usual manner.
    3. The nationals of the following countries require referred visas:
      • Afghanistan
      • Somali
      • North Korea
      • Jordan
      • Armenia
      • Palestine
      • Senegal
      • Mali
      • Iraq
      • Azerbaijan
      • Syria
      • Nigeria (residing outside Nigeria)
      • Lebanon
      • Cameroon
      • Tadjikistan
    4. Nationals of the following countries who are holders of Diplomatic and official Civil Servants with "Ordre de Mission" can be issued with Visas on application.
      • Cameroon
      • Nigeria
      • Senegal
    5. Applicants against whom there is some local objections or doubt in the country where the application is made.
    6. Stateless persons or persons not holding valid passports or other travel documents issued by their own country of nationality, including recognized refugee holders of the United Nations Refugee Travel Documents.
    7. Prohibited immigrants as enumerated under Chapter I, paragraph 'E' of the Visa Regulations.
    8. Persons who intend to enter Kenya as immigrants but have not applied for and obtained entry permits or passes from the Principal Immigration Officer, Nairobi.
    9. Eritrea
    10. Ethiopia
    11. San Marino
    12. Uruguay
    13. All persons endorsed with valid Kenya re-entry passes or any other written authority in lieu of a re-entry pass.
    14. All passengers arriving and leaving by the same ship, and who do not leave the ship.
    15. All passengers in transit through Kenya arriving and leaving by the same aircraft or transferring to another aircraft and who do not leave the international transit lounges at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or Moi International Airport in Mombasa.
    16. Holders of United Nations Organization Laissez-passers whilst on official UN business.
    17. Holders of African Union Laissez-passers whilst on official AU business.
    18. Holders of African Development Bank Laissez-passers whilst on official ADB business.
    19. Holders of Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa Laissez-passers, whilst on official ABEDA business.
    20. Holders of International Red Locust Control Organization for Central and Southern Africa Laissez-passers, whilst on official IRLCO business.
    21. Holders of COMESA Laissez-passers, whilst on official COMESA business.
    22. The manifested crew of ships and aircraft passing through or stopping in Kenya for periods not exceeding seven (7) days in the case of air crew and fourteen (14) days for ships crew.
    23. Owners of private aircraft stopping over for refueling in Kenya and who do not leave the precincts of the airport.
    24. Any persons incapable of supporting himself/herself or his/her accompanying dependants in Kenya.
    25. Any person suffering from a mental disorder or being a mental defective.
    26. Any person who refused to submit to medical examination on arrival when required to do so by an Immigration Officer in accordance with the provisions of the Immigration Act.
    27. Any person certified by a medical practitioner to be suffering from a disease, which shall make his/her presence in Kenya undesirable on medical grounds.
    28. Any person who, not having received a free pardon has been convicted in any country including Kenya, of murder, or of any offence for which a sentence of imprisonment has been passed for any term and who, by reasons of such conviction and imprisonment is considered to be an undesirable immigrant.
    29. Any person whose entry and presence in Kenya is deemed by the Minister to be contrary to national interests, including persons suspected to be involved with or sympathetic to terrorist groups.
    30. Any prostitute or person living on or receiving or who has lived on or received the proceeds of prostitution.
    31. Any person in respect of whom there is in force an order directing him/her to remain out of Kenya
    32. Any dependants of the persons mentioned in the foregoing categories and classes.
    33. Any person who is involved or suspected to be involved in illicit trafficking and trade in narcotics.
    34. Any person or groups of persons who are involved or suspected to be involved in human trafficking.
    35. Any person involved or suspected to be involved in illicit arms trade.
    36. Any person involved or suspected to be involved in money laundering.
 

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