Visa policy of Kenya

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Visitors to Kenya require a visa unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries.[1] All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months.

Visa policy map[edit]

Visa policy of Kenya
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Kenya international border crossing points

Visa exemption[edit]

Citizens of the following 43 countries can visit Kenya with no visa for stays up to 90 days (unless otherwise noted):[2][3]

Kenya entry and exit stamps on a Singapore passport

Visa is not required for holders of diplomatic or service category passports of Brazil, China, Israel, Iran, and Turkey, nor for holders of diplomatic passports of India.[4]

Citizens of Uganda, Rwanda, and Kenya can travel freely between their respective nations using national identification cards.[5]

Visa waiver agreement for ordinary passports was signed with  Mozambique in November 2018 and it is yet to come into force.[6]

A visa waiver protocol for diplomatic passports was signed with  United Arab Emirates, but it is yet to come into force.[7]

An agreement on visa exemption for diplomatic and service passports was signed with  Cuba[8] in May 2018, but it is yet to come into force.


Kenya introduced an e-Visa system from 2 July 2015. According to the government an application should be done at least 7 days in advance and visitors can stay for up to 90 days with e-visa.[9][10] [11]

Visa on arrival[edit]

Visa on arrival is still available and visitors can stay for up to 90 days with this visa.[12][13]

Consular visa[edit]

Kenyan tourist visa

Citizens of the following countries and territories require a visa that cannot be obtained online but instead the application is referred to the Director of Immigration services for processing and approval:[14]

Children under the age of 16 are not required to pay a visa fee.[15]

East African Tourist Visa[edit]

From February 2014 Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda began issuing an East African Tourist Visa.[16] The visa costs 100 USD and has no restrictions on citizens of any country. The visa is a non-extendable multiple-entry 90-day visa that has to be first used to enter the country that issued the visa.[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nationals (Passport holders) of the following countries do not require visas to enter Kenya
  2. ^ "Country information (visa section)". Timatic. International Air Transport Association (IATA) through Olympic Air. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  5. ^ "East Africa: EAC Presidents Launch Use of National ID's to Cross Borders". Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  6. ^ Kenya, Mozambique sign visa waiver to allow free movement of people
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ [2]
  9. ^ Now You Can get A Kenyan Visa Online
  10. ^ eCitizen
  11. ^ [3]
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-28. Retrieved 2015-05-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ No Kenyan visa issuing at airports, apply online
  14. ^ Nationals of Countries, Classes and Categories Of Persons Who Require Referred Visas
  15. ^ Kenya President Waives Visa Fees for Children to Spur Tourism
  16. ^ East Africa: Single Visa to Boost East Regional Tourism
  17. ^ "T12-East Africa Tourist Visa". Retrieved 2016-01-25.

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