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    Default E-visas for Kenya

    As of 1 September 2015, the Kenyan government has introduced an online visa application process. From that date, visas were no longer going to be issued at Kenyan airports. To apply for an e-visa for Kenya there is a government website at

    However, a period of grace has been granted until the end of October 2015 when there will be e-visa kiosks at both Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Nairobi) and Mombasa International Airport. These will allow visitors arriving without an e-visa to apply for the e-visa on arrival and receive real time approval. There is no information - as yet - as to whether e-visas will be available at land borders.

    Cost: The cost for an e-visa is USD51 and is payable with Visa, Mastercard debit cards only. South African citizens are exempted for a stay of less than 30 days according to the e-visa website. British and other European citizens require an e-visa. The processing time is a minimum of 2 working days.

    Procedure: Go to
    Create an account: Fill in your personal details etc.
    Fill in the e-visa application form. During the application process you will be required to attach the following documents. The file formats that may be attached are: PDF, JPG or Microsoft word.
    Business Visits
    1. Invitation Letters from company / Invitation letter for business visits
    2. Copies of registration of the company
    Family visits
    3. Invitation Letters from family.
    4. Identity card / Passport / Alien card / Entry permit of the host.
    5. Travel itinerary (Details about places to visit if going as tourist).
    6. Hotel bookings.
    Identity Documents
    1. Clear Passport bio data page.
    2. A clear photograph.

    Once the evisa is approved, the evisa will be made available to your evisa account. You must print a copy to carry with your passport and bring it along when you travel to Kenya. When you arrive in Kenya, you must have your evisa printout with your passport.

    Validity of evisa: An evisa to Kenya once issued is valid for 3 months before travel. Once you present yourself to immigration control at the port of entry, you may be issued with a stay period not exceeding 90 days, which may be renewed for a further 90 days at the immigration headquarters. The maximum number of days a visitor may stay in Kenya is 6 months.

  2. #2
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    Good to know, since I'm in Kenya every other month. thanks.

  3. #3
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    Default Manual visas to continue for the foreseeable future

    Manual visas will continue to be issued at airports for the foreseeable future. Visitors can either use the evisa website or obtain visas on arrival. This information was relayed to me from the CEO of the Kenya Association of Tour Operators so is official.

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