Considering a Trip to Kenya? Know the Visa Requirements

kenyaThe United States is not on the list of 43 countries visa-exempt when citizens visit Kenya and must therefore get there visa from an agency. Obtaining a visa doesn’t have to be painstaking with an experienced issuing agency. They must, however, meet the requisite criteria for eligibility to visit Kenya.

To enter Kenya, a passport valid for at least six months from the date of entry, and with at least two blank pages, is required by all nationals. Visas for Kenya however are required by the nationals in most of the world.

You can obtain your visa on entry, but if you require a multiple-entry visa, you’re advised to obtain this in advance. But if you plan to visit Kenya, avoid stopping in the eastern African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, as you will be turned away as means to contain the recent Ebola epidemic.

In addition to avoiding travel to the aforementioned countries, eligibility for a Kenyan visa also include;

  • Tourists visiting relatives or friend
  • Unpaid participation in athletic or artistic event or competition (invitation letter from the sponsoring organization required).
  • Unpaid participation in a scientific/academic seminar or conference sponsored by a research or academic institution (invitation letter from sponsor required).
    Conditions Include:
  • Tourist visa holders can’t in business, work, or academic activities.
  • Initial arrival must take place within 90 days from the date the visa was issued.
  • This visa is good for multiple entries within the visa’s duration. Even when the validity of the visa exceeds 90 days, authorized stays are for a maximum of a 90 day period per visit.
  • An extension may be submitted to the Federal Police in Brazil, if requested prior to the expiration of the authorized stay.
  • Tourist visa holders are allowed to stay in the Brazilian territory a maximum of 180 days over a 12-month period.

Kenya has an agreement with Tanzania and Uganda to waiver visa re-entry fees if travelling between the three countries as long as single-entry visas remain valid for each country. This means multiple-entry visas are not required if going from Kenya to Tanzania or Uganda and back to Kenya. The same applies for travel from Uganda and Tanzania.