A visa is an endorsement in a passport/travel document which facilitates entry into the country subject to meeting the requirements as is stipulated in the Act /regulation. It should be noted that a visa is not an authority to enter a country.
TYPES OF VISAS
a) Ordinary (SJV,MJV)
These are visas issued to all persons whose nationalities require visas to enter Kenya for visits or residence and shall be issued strictly in accordance with the provisions of categories 1, 2 and 3 of the Visa Regulations.
b) Transit Visas
These are visas required by all persons whose nationalities require visas to enter Kenya and are intending to transit through Kenya to a third destination for periods not exceeding three days and shall be issued strictly in accordance with the provisions of categories 1, 2 and 3 of the Visa Regulations.
c) Diplomatic (SJV,MJV) Visas
Diplomatic (Multiple, Ordinary or Transit) Visas are issued gratis to holders of Diplomatic Passports on official visits. These visas should be issued strictly in accordance with the provisions of categories 1, 2 and 3 of the Visa Regulations.
d) Official/Service Visas
Official/Service (Multiple, Ordinary or Transit) Visas are issued gratis to holders of Official or Service passports on official visits. These visas should be issued in accordance with the provisions of categories 1, 2 and 3 of the Visa Regulations.
e) Multiple Journey Visas
All persons who are nationals of countries which require visas for Kenya and who by nature of their business or circumstances require to make frequent visits to Kenya may be issued with Multiple Journey Visas for Kenya valid for up to twelve (12) months or part there of as the case may be.
f) Courtesy Visas
Courtesy (Transit and Ordinary ) Visas may be issued gratis in accordance with the Provisions of categories 1, 2 and 3 of the Visa Regulations, where the applicant is not entitled to a Diplomatic Visa, but where it is considered by the issuing officer to be desirable on the grounds of international courtesy.
Reference and reference fees
i.) Where reference to the Director of Immigration Services, Nairobi, is necessary before the issue of a visa, the completed application forms in duplicate with two recent passport size photographs of the applicant shall be forwarded to the Director of Immigration Services, Nairobi, for approval in the usual manner to reach him at least one month prior to the proposed date of the applicant’s departure to Kenya.
ii.) Where a visa application is referred to the Director of Immigration Services, Nairobi, a reference fee of US $ 5 shall be collected at the time of application. The applicant’s passport shall be endorsed as follows:
Kenya visa applied for …………………………………(place and date)
Fee US $ 5 paid. Receipt No.…………………………………….
The endorsement shall be made on a blank page and initiated by the visa officer. It shall be endorsed in such a manner, so as to leave enough space for the actual visa to be endorsed on the same page, if approved.
iii.) Where a visa has been referred and approved by the Director of Immigration Services, Nairobi, it should be endorsed in the applicant’s passport immediately below the “visa applied for” endorsement.
iv.) The visa Issuing Officer shall indicate the fee paid, official receipt number and quote the approval authority number and the date the visa is issued.
v. )The reference fee charged shall be non-refundable and where a referred visa is approved and issued, the proper visa fee shall be charged thereof and no account taken of any reference fee paid.
a) The Transit Visa fee is US $ 20.
b) The Referral Visa fee is US $ 10 non-refundable.
c) The Ordinary / Single Journey Visa fee is US $ 50.
d) The Multiple Journey Visa fee is US $ 110.
However, nationals of the following countries do not require visas to enter kenya.
- Brunei Darusssalam
- Fiji Island
- Malaysia (For less than 30 days stay)
- Papua New Guinea
- Sierra Leone
- Solomon Islands
- South Africa (For less than 30 days stay)
- St. Kitts and Navis
- St. Lucia
- St. Vincent and the Grenadines
- The Bahamas
- The Gambia
- Trinidad and Tobago
For those whose country doesn’t appear in the list above, visas can be obtained at Kenya Airports upon arrival. It’s advisable to obtain the visa from the Kenyan Embassy/Kenya High Commission in your country prior to departure.
* Note: The list of countries shown above is subject to change