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| Updated on Jul 4, 2016

Is Kenya a Visa Free Country to Travel?

All foreign citizens wishing to travel to Kenya will need an e-Visa, except citizens from countries who are exempt. If you enter Kenya regardless of the travel time you will need to obtain a visa. Unless you are in transit and do not leave the transit area.

In July 2015 the Government of Kenya announced that travelers wishing to visit Kenya could now apply for their Tourist Visas online. Today, the electronic visa is the only way for tourists to apply for a Kenya Travel Visa. Visa applications (except East Africa Tourist Visa) can be processed through the iVisa website

US citizens travelling to Kenya All those US citizens traveling to Kenya need a travel visa. Today, the only way to obtain your visa is electronically.

What is an e-Visa?

An online visa is an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). It replaces the traditional paper visa process. An e-Visa to Kenya once issued is valid for 3 months before you 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.

Types of Visas and Costs:

There are three e-Visa types for people traveling to the Republic of Kenya temporarily. On the 1st of February it was established children under 16 years of age accompanying their parents to Kenya will be exempted from paying a visa.

1- Single Entry Visa: Issued for single entry to persons whose nationalities require a visa to enter Kenya either for business, tourism or medical reasons. This visa has a cost of USD $51.

2- Transit Visa: Issued to persons connecting through Kenya to other destinations for a period not exceeding 72 hours. Those connecting flights directly without leaving the airport do not need to apply for Transit visas. This visa has a cost of USD $21.

3-Courtesy Visa: Issued to Diplomatic, Official and Service passport holders coming into the country on official duties, or transiting through Kenya to a third country for official business or duties. It is also issued to government officials and dignitaries on official duties but holding ordinary passports. It is issued free of charge. This visa has no charge.

How do I apply for the Kenya e-Visa?

Obtain your Kenya Travel Visa with iVisa.

The way the iVisa application works is simple and effective. It only takes three simple steps to obtain your visa:

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1- Fill out the online application with your personal information in the following website You need a scanned copy of your passport, digital photo to upload and proof of travel such as flight ticket.

2- Check your email. We will follow up with an email with instructions to complete the process. In your email you will receive all instructions regarding the visa. You can attach it to your passport to make your trip safely and stress free. Have it ready to show it to the authorities to get into or stay in the country. Our team knows and understands every requirement that the authorities ask for in order to grant the Kenya Travel Visa.

3- Present your visa upon entry to Kenya.

Travelers that use the Kenyan government website should expect to take several hours on the application and many travelers are not able to complete the process. So avoid the frustration and take advantage of our easy-to-use service to process your visa for Kenya.

When you complete your application for a Kenyan e-Visa, your information is secure and is submitted directly to the Kenyan government. Your personal information will be processed only for the purpose of making a decision on your visa application. Protection of the personal data provided in the application form will be the responsibility of the Kenyan government.

How long does it take to get an e-Visa for Kenya?

The processing time is 2 business days.

Countries exempted from Visa:

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Barbados Maldives St. Lucia Belize Malta Swaziland Botswana Mauritius Seychelles Brunei Darussalam Namibia The Gambia Burundi Nauru Tanzania Cyprus Papua New Guinea The Bahamas Dominica Rwanda Tonga Fiji Island Malaysia (For less than 30 days stay) Malawi Ghana Samoa Tuvalu Grenada St. Kitts and Navis Uganda Jamaica Sierra Leona Vanuatu Kiribati Singapore Zambia Lesotho Solomon Islands Zimbabwe South Africa (For less than 30 days stay) St. Vincent and the Grenadines

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