It has come to our attention that a number of visa applicants are facing challenges applying for visa online through the E-Visa system.  In light of the foregoing, and in order to ensure that all wishing to travel to Kenya do so without any difficulty, the Government of Kenya has decided that both the online and manual visa application systems will run concurrently until further notice.

Accordingly all applicants for visa to Kenya may now continue to apply for visa manually through the Kenya High Commission in Ottawa. Those wishing to apply online may also do so in the prescribed manner. 

NB. On-line visa application is not applicable to East African tourist Visa and Referred Visas   


  1. Go to either  or and click on create eVisa Account.
  2. Once Logged in, Select Department of Immigration Services.
  3. Select submit Application,
  4. Select Kenyan Visa.
  5. Select the type of Visa and read the Instructions Carefully.
  6. Fill in the application form.
  7. Pay using visa card, MasterCard and or debit cards.
  8. Await approval via email, then download and print the eVisa from your eCitizen account.
  9. Present your printed eVisa to the immigration officer at the port of entry.


  1. Visa processing fee is non-refundable.
  2. Incomplete applications will be rejected.
  3. The possession 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 eVisa printout must be presented at the port of entry.

For more information on visa application and visa categories based on nationalities, please visit This website provides comprehensive details on all immigration services provided by the Department of Immigration of Kenya in Nairobi including but not limited to work permit, passes, citizenship, other immigration services and frequently asked questions (F.A.Qs).

Visa applicants who intend to undertake an internship/ placement and volunteer work in Kenya are further required to liaise with their host organizations/ companies in Kenya to make application for the appropriate authorization to the Director of Immigration Services (P.O. Box 30191, Nairobi. Telephone +254-222-022) prior to their engagement in the respective attachments.

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 permission to land 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, provided that any such refusal is consented to by the Director of Immigration Services in Nairobi, his Deputy or Regional Immigration Heads in Mombasa and Kisumu.

A Kenyan visa is valid for 3 months from the date of issuance. A visa holder should enter Kenya within 3 months from the date of issuance. The length of stay in Kenya begins on the date of entry into Kenya, NOT from the date of visa issuance. The authority to stay is the entry stamp issued by the immigration officer at the port of entry.