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Kenya visa types

Kanan Isazade Kanan Isazade 09 June 2021
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If you think that Kenya has only endless deserts, then you make a big mistake. Kenya will surprise you with high skyscrapers, modern hotels, restaurants, parks, and more. Every year millions of people travel to Kenya to discover the treasures of this mesmerizing land. Uganda, the USA, and Tanzania take the lead on the list of international tourists to Kenya. When we look at records, we can see a gradual increase in the number of tourists per year. Considering this, we decided to talk about the Kenya visa application process and answer questions for people who want to get a visa for Kenya. In this blog, you will find answers to these questions: how to get Kenya visa, how much is Kenya visa, how much is Kenya visa on arrival, what are Kenya visa requirements, what is the Kenya visa policy, and more. 

Kenya visa policy

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Before talking about Kenya visa types, let's get some general information about the Kenya visa policy. First of all, all tourists except 43 countries' citizens, which are on the list of visa-free countries, must receive a visa to visit a country. Some of those countries are (check the full list in the visa policy section on our website):

• Bahamas

• Barbados

• Belize

• Botswana

• Brunei Darussalam

• Burundi

• Cyprus

• Dominica

• Eswatini

If you are not from one of those countries, you will apply for a visa for Kenya. There are three kinds of procedures to get a visa:

• E-Visa Online Procedure

• Visa On Arrival

• Standard Procedure in Embassies

These three procedures will let you get one of these four visas:

• Kenya short-term visa

• Kenya single-entry journey visa

• Kenya transit visa

• Kenya courtesy visa

Visa On Arrival

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When you search for information about the Kenya visa, you will see that most asked questions are about Visa on Arrival. Some of those questions are: how much is Kenya visa on arrival, what is the Kenya visa on arrival form, can I get a Kenya visa on arrival, and more. Actually, it was one of the most popular visa versions for Kenya. People were able to get it at the airport via providing some needed documents and filing the Kenya visa on arrival form. However, the Kenya government announced that this type will not be available from 1 January 2021. What was the cost of Kenya visa on arrival? The cost of Kenya visa on arrival was around 50 USD

Kenya East Africa Tourist Visa

Do you want to visit several countries with just one visa? If the answer is yes, we have excellent news for you. Kenya East Africa Tourist Visa will let you visit Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda. How to get Kenya visa? First of all, you should collect the required documents and answer other Kenya visa requirements. After collecting all papers, you can go to visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If any of them is available in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location. What is the Kenya visa fee for this type? The Kenya visa fee is 100 USD, but it may vary depending on the country of submission. How long will I wait? The average processing time for a Kenya East Africa Tourist visa is 3-14 calendar days. Keep in mind that Tourist Visa issued by the Kenyan Embassy must enter through Kenya and move to Uganda or Rwanda. The required documents are:

• Application Form. The applicant should fill it and sign

• Passport

• Photo. 

• Some additional documents

Kenya Single-entry Journey Visa

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Kenya single-entry journey visa is the standard visa to go to Kenya for tourism, professional, or family visit. Kenya single-entry journey visa lets you stay in the country for a maximum of 90 days. You should realize your trip no more than three months after the issuance of your visa. How much is Kenya visa? The cost of Kenya visa for single-entry is 51 USD. Also, applicants can get a multiple-entry visa for 101 USD. The average processing time for a Kenya Single-entry Journey visa is 3-14 calendar days. Of course, the fee and processing time may vary depending on your visa application country. Where to get Kenya single-entry journey visa? You can receive it from Kenya visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If any of them is available in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location. Which documents will I need in the Kenya visa application process? The needed documents are:

• Application Form

• Passport

• Photo. Two photographs in the size of 5x5 must be presented along with other documents

• Some additional documents

• If your purpose is tourism: Hotel booking (address, contact details, etc) and travel itinerary (details about places that want to visit)

• If your purpose is business: Copies of registration of the company and invitation letters from the company (invitation letters for business visits)

• If your purpose is family visit: Invitation letters from family and some more details ( identity card, passport, alien card, entry permit of the host)

Kenya Transit Visa

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I will pass from Kenya to go to another country, should I get a visa? Shortly, the answer is yes. These people must receive a Kenya Transit Visa. Kenya Transit Visa is for people who are connecting through Kenya to other destinations. But time should not exceed 72 hours. Tourists who have connecting flights directly without leaving the airport don't need to apply for Transit visas. The cost of Kenya visa for transit purposes is 21 USD ( may vary depending on the country). Furthermore, applicants will wait 3-14 calendar days to receive a visa. Applicants can get it from visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If any of them is available in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location. Required documents and some crucial notes:

• Application Form

• Passport

• Photo

• Some additional documents

• An onward ticket

• At least one free passport page

• Valid travel document not less than six months

Kenya Courtesy Visa

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Kenya Courtesy Visa is for people who own diplomatic, official, and service passports and come into the country on official duties or transiting through Kenya to a third country for official business or duties. Kenya Courtesy Visa is free of charge, but processing time is the same as other visa types. Kenya Courtesy Visa is free for all nationalities, but processing time may vary depending on visa application state. Applicants can get it from visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever receives visa applications in your country of residency. If any of them is available in your country, you must apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location. Required documents and some notable points are:

• Application Form

• Passport

• Photo

• Valid travel document not less than six months

• Applicant must have service, official and diplomatic passport

• Applicant should have an official letter from the country of origin/ organization/ foreign affairs

• At least one free passport page

• Spouses and children of service, official and diplomatic passport holders traveling on ordinary passports do not qualify for the courtesy visa, whether on transit, business, or holiday

• An onward ticket or a boarding pass (it is for passengers on transit)

• For applicants falling under category 3 of the visa regime/Regulations, Kenya visa regulations must apply, whether for transit or official business

Kenya E-visa (electronic visa)

As we said above, the Kenya government announced that from 1 January 2021, visas on arrival are not active. One of the reasons for this is switching to an online visa procedure completely. Kenya E-visa is the easiest and quickest way to get a visa. Residents of the eligible nationalities can complete their application (just in a few minutes) and pay visa fees on the dedicated website. Keep in mind that only standard single-entry visas, transit visas, and courtesy visas are eligible for e-visa. Which documents and details will I need during the online application?

The applicant must have a scanned photo, passport, and credit card to obtain an e-visa. Furthermore, it becomes more advantageous during the pandemic. You don't need to spend hours in front of embassies and wait in a crowd. The only thing that you need is an internet connection. You can realize your application from pc, laptop, or phone. The visa processing time is quick, and once the application is approved, the e-Visa will be sent by email for the traveler to print. The list of eligible countries for e-Visa is long. Some of them are:

• Antigua and Bermuda

• Bosnia and Herzegovina

• Burkina Faso

• The central African Republic

• Czech Republic

• Equatorial Guinea

• Dominican Republic

• Guinea-Bissau

• Hong Kong

• Marshall Islands

• Pacific Isles

• Russian Federation

• Saint Christopher Cape

• United Arab Emirates

• United Kingdom

Consular Visa

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Citizens of some countries can't apply for e-visa. In this case, the application is referred to the Director of Immigration services for processing and approval. Those countries are:

• Afghanistan

• Armenia

• Azerbaijan

• Eritrea

• Iraq

• North Korea

• Kosovo

• Lebanon

• Libya

• Palestine

• Somalia

• Syria

• Tajikistan

• Yemen

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Kanan Isazade

Kanan Isazade was born and grew up in Baku, but now he is in Turkey because he is doing a Master's degree in Energy. Kanan loves to travel and meet people from various cultures, races, and beliefs. He travelled to more than 10 cities, and most of them are in Turkey. Kanan's motto is: learn new languages, travel around the world, read as many books as you can, and never forget to put yourself in someone's shoes to understand others.

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