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    Default New visa regulations for sa citizens visiting kenya

    It was very upsetting to read on News24 yesterday that SA citizens can no longer acquire visas at border posts and airports when visiting Kenya. This new regulation is apparently in reaction to our new immigration and visa regulations.

    I was able to confirm this on the official Kenya High Commission website at
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    "NEW VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR SOUTH AFRICANS

    This is to notify that the Government of the Republic of Kenya has with effect from 1st July, 2014 decided to introduce the following measures for the South African nations who wish to visit Kenya;

    Ordinary Visa applicants travelling to or transiting through Kenya will be required to pay a service charge of R 750 ($70).

    Holders of Official or Diplomatic Passports travelling on Government business are not affected by these changes and will continue to get visitor’s Passes on arrival at the ports of entry.

    All applicants will be required to produce the following documents:

    1. Return Air Ticket
    2. Invitation letter from the host in the Republic of Kenya
    3. Letter from employer/Institution/College/School
    4. Proof of funds (bank statement)
    5. Applicants must appear in Person for Biometrics
    6. 2 Passport Photographs.

    The High Commission further wishes to inform that the Visa Service Fees payments should be made at the Kenya High Commission/Embassy premises and Visas will no longer be issued on arrival in Kenya. It should be noted that the processing period for the visas is strictly five (5) working days.

    14TH JUNE 2014
    KENYA HIGH COMMISSION
    PRETORIA confirmed this report on the official Kenya High Commission website "


    This is going to make it very difficult for SA overlanders as we will not have return air tickets and it will be difficult to obtain an invitation letter as most of us will not be staying in a hotel or lodge.

    It will also tie one down as to the exact dates to be spent in Kenya, taking away the spontaneity and freedom from scheduling inherent in independent self-drive holidays.

    I have noticed a lot of criticism of our new immigration regulations and this appears to be another reaction to these. One also wonders if this is a reaction to the security problems in Kenya. Apparently the "White Widow", the mastermind of the shopping center bombings last year in Kenya, was on a SA passport.
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    Hi Stan,

    I have just heard about that change too. It really is going to make it very difficult!

    We are currently on an overland trip and I am worried we may be affected by this. We are due to enter Kenya in two days time and then leave on a flight from Nairobi, returning after the 1st of july (arriving back to Nairobi on the 11July). We are hoping to cross from Uganda either at Malaba or Busia and obtain the visa there. Do you know if it is possible to get a multiple entry visa at the border?

    Any info on multiple entry visa to Kenya would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks for the update info clarifying the changes Stan!

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    Some of the guys here on site fly Air Kenya,they will now have to get a visa even just in transit.Need to get it from an embassy before your flight.
    Not getting easier.
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    This is not good ,I somehow think the Sa government should think before they react because the repercussion can have a negative effect on the citizens who travels.
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    Jess, I am no expert on Kenyan visas but am in the throes of research for our self-drive trip next year. This new visa requirement obviously affects our planning.

    If you are due to enter Kenya in the next few days it is relevant that the new regulations only apply from 1/07/2014, so you should be able to get one for 90 days.

    The other change which was so exciting initially, was the advent of the new East African Tourist Visa which came into being as from 1/01/2014. This was a common visa covering Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda which could be bought at any entry point to the 3 countries. I would guess you were already aware of this. For some reason Tanzania decided not to be part of this.The visa for all 3 countries is valid for 90 days but cannot be extended. The visa cost for all 3 countries combined is cheaper than the sum of the totals at US Dollar 100. This visa is valid for multiple entries for all 3 countries during this 90 day period. As far as I can tell you will still fall under this if you enter Kenya before the end of this month.

    The fact that the East African Tourist Visa is multiple entry should be in your favour but I am not sure if this covers entries from outside the partnership of the 3 countries. .

    As it is South African citizens do not require a visa for Rwanda. It would seem that this East African Tourist Visa now will not apply for SA citizens visiting Kenya from 1 July. I would be most pleased if you could give some feed back as to how things pan out for you
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    Hi Stan,

    Thanks so much! All very helpful stuff.

    I will most certainly put some feedback up on how it goes once we get there…

    Enjoy the planning and thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Higgins View Post
    Some of the guys here on site fly Air Kenya,they will now have to get a visa even just in transit.Need to get it from an embassy before your flight.
    Not getting easier.
    And you can only get visa in Gauteng. You have to go to embassy as they require biometric data.

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    They have postponed implementation to September 1.

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    This Kenyan visa question is giving me headaches in planning our trans-African self-drive trip for next year! I would appreciate any advice.

    Our trip hinged on the presumption that we could proceed through all the countries on our way north and then returning south, at our own pace. Dictated only by how much time we wanted to spend in each locality or country depending how we found them. Planning could be done on a week by week basis at most. For all these countries (other than Ethiopia), visas can be obtained at the border, until this new Kenyan requirement.

    For Ethiopia your visa does not require you to be there in person and most people are sending their visa application and passport by courier to their home country whilst they continued to travel in Tanzania/Kenya. You do not have to be present in person, the only requirement is to have the visa processed in your home country.

    The Kenyan visa application requires you to be present in person at their embassy in your home country and it appears they are only issuing them for a maximum of 3 months in most instances. If I obtained this visa just before leaving it would mean having a fixed itinerary and perhaps rushing through the sections south of Kenya. To me this defeats the object. Complicating matters further is the fact that we would like to spend quite some time north of Kenya in for instance Ethiopia and Sudan, without time constraints. I would then most likely require a new visa for Kenya for the journey south. Another issue is that Kenya itself would most likely require a couple of months to explore to our satisfaction.

    Does anyone know of any way around this conundrum? I had imagined flying home from Dar es Salaam for a break of a couple of weeks and obtaining the visa then. To do this from Addis again on the way back seems rather onerous and expensive.

    I do not want to go in cold for the personal interview without an idea of the chances of some sort of visa variance or special dispensation. It seems as if South Africans cannot even apply for a visa extension whilst you are in Kenya. I am concerned that even a 6 month visa might not be long enough. There is no indication as to how such a request for even 6 months would be received.

    Which would be the best way to communicate with the Kenyan embassy in Pretoria? Would an email or formal letter be the way to go, or should I just telephone them? If so to whom should I address my query? I really do not want my inquiries to burn any boats.

    Any ideas would be most welcome.
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    Hi Stan
    Thanks for the post, did not realize the visa story until your post. We are almost in the same predicament. Leaving SA end Oct & will only be getting to Kenya in March. Please keep us informed as to the out come & the requirements about getting the visa variance. Likewise, if we have any info, will post it here

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    I had the same dilemma - I am travelling from JHb to Nairobi and back over 3 months, leaving mid October.

    So I called the embassy today and they referred me to their website. Short story... you CAN get a visa at the border as they have suspended the plan... for now.

    from the landing page of the website: http://www.kenya.org.za/index.html

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR KENYAN CITIZENS: Please download and read...

    LATEST NOTICE FOR SOUTH AFRICAN TRAVELLERS AS AT MONDAY 18/08/2014


    Further to our earlier communication on the above matter, the Mission writes to inform that visa requirements for South African nationals intended to become effective from 1st September 2014 have been suspended until further notice.

    Thus:

    1. South Africans visiting Kenya for 30 days or less do not require a visa.

    2. Those with intention of staying in Kenya for more than 30 days are required to apply for a visa as per the requirements on this link (Visa Requirements)
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    Thank you Carlo. This is relatively good news.

    However I still have a dilemma in that I am not sure at all of the dates I will be in Kenya. We will be driving slowly up via Botswana, Caprivi, Zambia and then a leisurely exploration of Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda. I really do not want to travel to a timetable.

    In Rwanda, SA citizens do not require a visa. Next is Uganda and at the border here we can obtain the new East African Visa.

    "The East Africa Tourist Visa will allow travel between Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda with the same multiple entry visa.
    Type of visa: An East Africa Tourist Visa is multiple entry visa and shall be valid for 90 days.
    Visa Fee - £35.00 (Multiple Entry) equivalent is $50
    Visa Extension: An East Africa Tourist Visa shall not be extended".

    From Uganda into Kenya, I am hoping that they will honor the East African Visa. Otherwise, as you so kindly have enlightened me, we now qualify for a 30 day visa because of the suspension of the changes. My problem is that after Ethiopia and Sudan, I will need to come back through Kenya. I suppose there will be no problem obtaining another 30 day visa, or will they start talking about multiple entry? I am still by no means sure that 30 +30 days is enough for Kenya.

    Applying for a multiple entry visa seems a minefield. The info below from their website link you provided
    "For more than 30 days (requirements are similar to all other visa applicants) I presume as set out below.
    Application for multiple entry visa
    1. Go to your nearest SAPS to get your finger prints taken
    2. Submit clear copies of your current passport
    3. ALSO Submit bio data page together with pages of the passport with residence permits to stay in Kenya. Thus, even if the passport with endorsement has expired, make copies of the same, and submit with the current.
    4. Two (2) passport size photos
    5. Self explanatory letter on why you require the certificate
    6. Obtain a Postal Order, Bank guaranteed cheque payable to "KENYA HIGH COMMISSION " or cash R200
    7. Courier all the above or bring them to the Embassy to process.
    8. Takes about 6 weeks to process."


    I do not understand what they mean in paragraph 3 when referring to residence permits above. Can anyone help or are there any suggestions?
    Please post here if you come across any new info. We plan to leave SA in April 2015, arriving in Kenya after June or July.
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