All applications for Kenyan visas will be processed, paid for, and issued online from January 1, 2021.

The e-visa will be obtained through .An e-visa is required prior to departure to Kenya. To apply, create an account first, then apply for the visa.

Eligibility. Do you qualify to apply? Click here

Exempted from visa:

  • Children aged below 16 years of age and below
  • Holders of re-entry pass to Kenya
  • Holders of Permanent Residence pass


Travellers to Kenya are required to have:

  1. A negative PCR based COVID-19 certificate of test taken within 96 hours before arrival in
  2. The PCR certificate should be validated under the Trusted Travel platform


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 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 entry visa is valid for entry to Kenya within 3 months from the date of issue.  The length of stay in Kenya begins on the date of entry into Kenya, NOT from the date of visa issuance. The authority and length of stay  is determined and endorsed by an immigration officer at the port of entry Kenya upon your arrival.