Kenya Visa Policy

Check the visa policy of Kenya and discover the travel requirements for your nationality.

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Visa Policy for Kenya

Kenya’s visa policy determines which visa is needed by travelers of different nationalities and in different situations. It outlines the requirements for foreign visitors who need a Kenyan visa to travel to, enter and stay within the country.

According to the Kenya visa policy, the vast majority of foreign nationals must have a visa to enter the country.

For short-term stays, such as vacations, business trips, visiting family, or seeking medical treatment, visitors can apply for a Kenya visa online.

This electronic visa, or eVisa, is simple to obtain. There is a short online form to complete with the required details. The visa is then received by email within a few days and must be printed and shown upon arrival in Kenya.

This convenient system replaced the previous Kenya visa on arrival system. Kenya amended its visa policy from the start of 2021. Now, visitors must apply for an eVisa online before traveling.

Certain travelers may need to apply for a visa in person at a Kenyan embassy or consulate. This is the case for work and study visas. In line with the Kenyan immigration policy, this also includes foreign nationals planning to move to the country.

Citizens of approximately 45 countries can visit Kenya without the need to obtain a visa, depending on the duration and purpose of the planned stay in the country.

Below you will find a complete list of Kenya travel visa restrictions from countries around the world. Travelers are recommended to check this page regularly to be informed of any changes in Kenya’s immigration policy.

Tourist Visa Policy for Kenya

Foreign visitors of most nationalities must have a tourist visa for Kenya.

According to the Kenya tourist visa policy, travelers must use the online platform to obtain an electronic visa (eVisa) before they arrive in the country.

The eVisa system provides a quick and easy way to gain authorization to travel to Kenya. Being able to apply online means that international visitors do not need to go all the way to a diplomatic mission to deal with visa paperwork in person.

Now, you simply apply from the comfort of your own home, using a computer or device connected to the internet.

In certain cases, a traveler may still need to process their application at an embassy or consulate, which is far less convenient and takes much longer.

It is normally necessary to submit a tourist embassy visa application well in advance of the intended arrival date in Kenya, as in some cases the processing time may take up to several weeks.

Nationals of a small number of countries enjoy visa exemption for Kenya. Tourists from these states may visit visa-free.

Check below for further information about Kenya visa requirements for your nationality.

Kenya eVisa

Nationals of around 140 countries and territories around the world are able to apply for an eVisa in order to travel to Kenya.

The eVisa for Kenya is a single-entry electronic visa that permit holders to visit the country for a period of stay up to 90 days.

International travelers can get their online visa rapidly thanks to the streamlined and user-friendly system. They must enter the necessary details into a quick form. This includes personal, passport and travel information.

The eVisa is then delivered by email. The entire process is done within a few business days, with many visas approved within 24 hours.

The Kenya eVisa allows eligible citizens to travel to Kenya for purposes including tourism, business, medical treatment, and transit.

An eVisa may be requested up to 80 days before a trip to Kenya. It is advisable to apply through online application at least 7 days before traveling.

The validity of an approved Kenya eVisa is 3 months from the date of issue or until the associated passport expires, whichever comes first.

According to Kenya’s visa policy, eVisa applicants must have a passport from an eligible country with at least 6 months validity from the expected arrival date in Kenya. This must be presented at Kenyan border control to gain entry to the country.

Find below a full list of all the nationalities that require an eVisa to visit Kenya.

Kenya eVisa: Country list

  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Czech Republic
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Gabon
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Ivory Coast
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Liberia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Macedonia
  • Madagascar
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Reunion
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Timor Leste
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam

Embassy or Consular Visa Required

Kenya’s immigration rules identify around 160 countries for which an embassy visa is required to travel to Kenya, regardless of the length and purpose of the intended stay in the country.

Furthermore, although visa-exempt and eVisa nationalities do not need to apply for an embassy visa for stays up to 90 days, they are required to obtain an embassy visa for longer stays.

The period of validity of an approved Kenya embassy visa, and how long the applicant may stay in the country, depends on the purpose of the intended stay, whether to study, work, or for other purposes.

The protocol for obtaining an embassy visa for Kenya involves making an appointment at the nearest Kenyan government diplomatic office before the trip.

Once there, it is necessary to submit an application along with a variety of different supporting documents depending on the type of visa required. The applicant’s passport must always have a minimum validity of 6 months from the date of arrival in Kenya.

As it may take several weeks to obtain Kenyan embassy visa approval, travelers are advised to make an appointment well in advance of their intended travel dates.

Browse the list below to discover if you require an embassy visa to travel to Kenya for your nationality.

Embassy or Consular Visa Required: Country list

  • Afghanistan
  • Aland Islands
  • American Samoa
  • Anguilla
  • Antarctica
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Bermuda
  • Bonaire
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Christmas Island
  • Cocos Islands
  • Cook Islands
  • Curacao
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia
  • Gibraltar
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guernsey
  • Iraq
  • Isle of Man
  • Jersey
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Montserrat
  • New Caledonia
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • North Korea
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Palestinian Territory
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Puerto Rico
  • Saint Barthelemy
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Martin
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Sint Maarten
  • Somalia
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • Svalbard and Jan Mayen
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tajikistan
  • Tokelau
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • United States Virgin Islands
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • Yemen

Visa Not Required

Kenya’s visa regulations state that a visitor visa is not required for citizens of around 45 countries and territories who wish to visit the country for short stays.

Additionally, nationals of a number of countries can travel to Kenya without a visa if they are diplomatic or service passport holders. 

To obtain visa-exempt entry to Kenya, it is necessary to have a valid passport from an eligible country. However, some visa-exempt nationalities can enter Kenya using their National ID card, including citizens of a number of countries in East Africa.

Kenya’s immigration requirements for visa-free citizens state that these nationalities can stay in Kenya for up to 90 days. However, as visa requirements may change over time, travelers are advised to check this page before planning any future trips to the country.

In order to travel to Kenya for periods of stay longer than 90 days, visa-exempt foreign citizens need to obtain a visa from a Kenyan embassy or consulate.

Find below a full list of the visa not required countries for Kenya.

Visa Not Required: Country list

  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Botswana
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Burundi
  • Dominica
  • Ethiopia
  • Fiji
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Jamaica
  • Kiribati
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mauritius
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Vanuatu
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

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