Overview

The Department of Immigration Services has launched evisa.go.ke which allows visitors to apply for the Republic of Kenya evisa online without having to visit a Kenyan diplomatic mission, or obtain the visa on arrival.

What is an eVisa

An eVisa is an authorization document issued in PDF format which allows visitors to travel to a Kenyan entry point. The eVisa should be presented to an immigration officer at any point of entry who then grants the right to enter The Republic of Kenya by stamping the holders passport.

Validity of an eVisa

An evisa 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.

How to verify an eVisa

The visa is accessible for viewing by your airline, or at port, through an electronic system managed by the Kenyan Government. Once the e visa is issued, the holder can travel to an entry point where their passport will be stamped then they are allowed entry.

How to apply

As 1st September 2015 all applications for VISA to The Republic of Kenya will be done electronically on www.evisa.go.ke.

Application steps

In order to apply for an eVisa, visitors should:

  1. Click on Create an account.
  2. Select Register as a Visitor.
  3. Once Logged in, Select Deparment of Immigration services.
  4. Select Submit Appplication.
  5. Select Kenyan Visa.
  6. Select the type of Visa and read the Instructions Carefully.
  7. Fill in the application form.
  8. Pay Using visa card, Mastercard and other debit cards.
  9. Await approval via email, then download and print the eVisa from your eCitizen account.
  10. Present your printed eVisa to the immigration officer at the port of entry.

Points to note

In order to apply for an eVisa, visitors should:

  1. Visa processing fee is non refundable.
  2. Incomplete applications will be rejected.
  3. The possesion of an eVisa is not the final Authority to enter The Republic of Kenya.
  4. Engaging in any form of business or employment without a requisite permit or pass is an offence.
  5. A visa is required prior to entry into The Republic of Kenya.
  6. The e-Visa printout must be presented at the port of entry.
  7. It should take atleast 2 working days to get your eVisa.
  8. Each adult visitor to the Republic of Kenya is required to submit evisa applications in their personal ecitizen account. Parents can apply for their children in the parents account.

Types of Visa

The type of visa you must have is defined by the Kenyan and Visa Regulations, and relates to the purpose of your travel.


Single Entry

A SINGLE ENTRY VISA Issued for single entry to persons whose nationalities require visa to enter kenya either for business,tourism or medical.

Requirements During application

  1. Valid travel document not less than six months.
  2. At least One Blank page in the holders passport.
  3. A Return ticket.
  4. Travel itinerary
  5. Supporting letter e.g. letter from company or Invitation letter for business visits/family visits.
  6. Hotel bookings/details about places to visit if going as tourist.

Transit Visa

A TRANSIT VISA Visa is issued to persons connecting through Kenya to other destinations for a period not exceeding 72 hours.those connecting flights directly without leaving the airport dont need to apply for Transit visas.

Requirements During application

  1. An onward ticket for transit visa.

Visa Fees

All evisa applications attract a 1 USD service charge and card handling fee will be surcharged.

This is a Kenyan government website and as such all information is treated with utmost confidentiality and we do not store credit card information.
Visa Type Fees
Single entry visa $51
Transit visa $21

eVisa Eligibility

Passport holders traveling to the Republic of Kenya are divided into 3 categories.


Passport Holders who are Eligible for an eVisa

The e-visa is only available to passport holders from the following evisa eligible countries.

evisa eligible countries


Passport Holders who ARE NOT Eligible for an eVisa

If you are a passport holder of the Countries Listed below, you may be required to submit a paper based application for a visa to the Department of Immigration services.

evisa eligible countries


Passport Holders who DO NOT require an eVisa

Visa Type Fees
Single entry visa $51
Transit visa $21