Please download, print, fill in and sign the application before mailing it to the Kenya High Commission, Ottawa, Ontario, 415 Laurier Avenue East, K1N 6R4.

The following categories are referred to the Director of Immigration Services, Nairobi for further processing, and may take longer time to process with no expedited service. (Please note they cannot be applied through our online E-visa).

  1. Holders of Travel Documents/Certificates of Identity
  2. Nationals of the following countries:- 
  • Afghanistan
  • Azerbaijan
  • Armenia
  • Cameroon
  • Iraq
  • Kosovo
  • Lebanon
  • Mali
  • North Korea
  • Senegal
  • Somalia
  • Syria
  • Palestine
  • Tadjikistan
  • Yemen

Please note that the processing period varies from case to case and may take (approx. 2-3 months) .

Please note that the possession of a Kenyan Visa is not the final authority to enter Kenya. The immigration officer at the port of entry may deny entry if the visitor is unable to fulfill the immigration requirements and if the entry and presence of such a person in Kenya would be contrary to national interests, even if such a person is in possession of a valid visa for Kenya.

Referred Visa Requirements

  1. A valid original Travel Document/Certificate of Identity or Passport – (must be valid for at least six months at the time of entry to Kenya)
  2. Three (3) copies of bio-data page (information page with picture) of travel document or passport.
  3. Three (3) Completed (Filled in) Application Forms. Download, print and send them along with the other requirements to the Kenya High Commission.
  4. Three (3) Passport size photos (NB: Computer generated pictures are not acceptable)
  5. Three (3) copies of letter of request (cover letter)
  6. Three (3) copies of Employment Letter from employer
  7. Three (3) copies of Permanent Resident Card
  8. Three (3) copies of signed Letter of Invitation from the host
  9.  Three (3)  colour copies of the host’s Identification as follows:
  10.  Kenyan hosts : 
      • Three (3) colour  copies of National Identity (I.D) Card or Bio-data Page of Kenya passport.
      • Those being invited by their spouses attach three(3) copies of Marriage Certificate as well.

    Non Kenyan hosts:

      • Three (3)  colour copies of Alien Certificate Card or Work Permit.
      • Three(3) colour copies of Bio-data page of their Passport.
      •  Those being invited by their spouses attach three(3) copies of Marriage Certificate as well.
  11. Two separate Certified Cheques or Money Order( Payable To Kenya High Commission) in the amounts of:
    • CAD$30.00 (non-refundable) for Visa Processing Fee,
    • CAD$65.00 For Visa Processing fee for Single Entry into Kenya,
    • All clients are advised to submit the exact amount of the official fee for the service required in the form of Money Order or Certified Cheques payable to Kenya High Commission. No cash or Personal Cheques are accepted. No refunds will be made for applications mailed to the High Commission with an amount which is over and above the indicated amount.
  12. Pre-paid self-addressed return courier envelope from Canada Post Xpresspost with a tracking number. All other courier services such as FedEx/UPS/DHL should have a computer-generated labelApplication not meeting the above requirements will be considered INCOMPLETE and will remain unprocessed.
  13. please submit the above requirements to Kenya High Commission at 415 Laurier Avenue East, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6R4


  • A visa is required prior to entry into Kenya. (Entry is not allowed at the port of entry without a visa).
  • Visa applications for REFUGEE Travel Document Holders are received at the High Commission and forwarded to Department of Immigration Headquarters in Nairobi for processing.
  • The processing period varies from case to case.
  • Determination of delivery of mail to the High Commission should be done through the tracking system of the relevant mailing service used by the client and not through telephone enquiries at the High Commission.
  • Telephone queries must be made by the applicant only. Third party queries will not be entertained.
  • Visa applications should be submitted at least two months prior to travel.
  • For walk-ins, we have an interac machine.

NB: Any incomplete application will be returned.

To avoid delays in processing your application please ensure that you have read all the requirements above.