A visa is an official document that allows the bearer to legally enter a foreign country. The visa is usually stamped into the bearer’s passport. In Kenya, there are several types of visas for different reasons and having different requirements and rights in the country.
It is issued for Single or Multiple entries to persons whose nationalities require visas to enter Kenya. Intended for regular visitors, particularly businesspeople, who enter Kenya several times a year. It is valid for 6 months or one year.
The visa is issued by Immigration HQs in Nairobi, and can be applied for directly in Nairobi for some countries citizens. It can also be applied for through the Embassy in the country of origin.
Those visitors who travel to Tanzania and/or Uganda from Kenya, and wish to re-enter Kenya a second time (without leaving the territory of the three countries), must apply for a single entry visa (tourist/business) which will enable re-entry without obtaining another entry visa.
An ordinary visa may be one of the following:
Travellers may sometimes require transit visas in order to pass through a country that is not their destination country. Transit visas are typically required if you have a layover in a country of more than a few hours.
It is issued for periods not exceeding three days to persons whose nationalities require visas to enter Kenya and who intend to transit through Kenya to a different destination. Original and Photocopy of Passport (valid at least six months, 3 continuous blank pages)
Issued for Single or Multiple entries to holders of Diplomatic passports who are on official duty. It has no charge as it is free.
Issued to persons holding Official or Service passports on Official duty and to Ordinary passport holders who are not entitled to Diplomatic visa; but where it is considered by the Director to be desirable on the grounds of international courtesy.
This is a joint tourist visa that entitles holders to travel to and within the Republic of Kenya,Republic of Rwanda and Republic of Uganda for the purpose of tourism.
An East Africa Tourist Visa is multiple entries visa and shall be valid for 90 days. Applications for this visa shall be lodged at any of the diplomatic representation of the Republic of Kenya, Republic of Rwanda and Republic of Uganda, at the Immigration Offices of the respective countries or online where applicable.
Refugee visas and asylum visas can be granted to individuals fleeing persecution, war, natural disasters and other situations in which their life is at risk. Stateless persons and holders of refugee travel documents are also referred to the Director of Immigration Services. This type of visa applies to:
The requirements for this category of visas are as follows:
The possession of a visa for Kenya is not the final authority to enter Kenya. The Immigration Officer at the port of entry may refuse such a person permission to enter if he is satisfied that such a visitor is unable to fulfil the immigration requirements and that the entry and presence of such a visitor.
In Kenya it would be contrary to national interests even though such a person may be in possession of a valid visa for Kenya, provided that any such refusal is consented to by the Director of Immigration Services Nairobi, his Deputy or Provincial Heads of Immigration at Mombasa, Kisumu, and Garissa or any other Senior Officer so authorized to deputize.