APPLICATION OF VISAS TO KENYA
The available options to apply for visas to Kenya are:-
- Online visa through http://evisa.go.ke or http://ecitizen.go.ke. Kindly note that these are the only official government websites to apply for Kenyan visas online. We are not responsible for any applications made through other websites.
- Through the Kenya High Commission Office at 415 Laurier Avenue East by mail (courier) or in person. Please Click here for details.
- At the port of entry in Kenya (Airport, land border or sea port)
NBThese options apply to persons/nationals who require visas to travel to Kenya and who can obtain them on application. Canadian passport holders fall in this category. If holding a different passport check http://www.immigration.go.ke/Information.html under Categories of Visas to confirm the visa category you fall under.
NB. On-line visa application is not applicable to East African tourist Visa and Referred Visas
HOW TO APPLY FOR KENYAN E-VISA ONLINE
- Go to either www.evisa.go.ke or www.ecitizen.go.ke and click on create eVisa Account.
- Once Logged in, Select Department of Immigration Services.
- Select submit Application,
- Select Kenyan Visa.
- Select the type of Visa and read the Instructions Carefully.
- Fill in the application form.
- Pay using visa card, MasterCard and or debit cards and exit.
- After a few days, please “sign in” again to your evisa account, check your visa status then download the approval and print.
- Present your printed eVisa to the immigration officer at the port of entry.
POINTS TO NOTE
- Visa processing fee is non-refundable.
- Incomplete applications will be rejected.
- The possession of an eVisa is not the final Authority to enter The Republic of Kenya.
- Engaging in any form of business or employment without a requisite permit or pass is an offence
- A visa is required prior to entry into The Republic of Kenya.
- The eVisa printout must be presented at the port of entry.
There is no mandatory vaccination requirement for travellers arriving in Kenya from Canada with a lay over in Europe or Middle East. However, those having lay overs in any African country enroute to Kenya may be required to produce a Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate on arrival. It is highly recommended to have one if your itinerary involves visits to more than one country in Africa to avoid inconvenience at ports of entry.
For more information on visa application and visa categories based on nationalities, please visit www.immigration.go.ke 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.