Visa policy of Kenya

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Visitors to Kenya require a visa unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or can receive a visa on arrival.[1] All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months.

East African Tourist Visa is also available, which is valid for Rwanda and Uganda and vice versa if first used in a country that issued the visa.[2]

Visa policy map[edit]

Visa policy of Kenya

Visa exemption[edit]

Citizens of all other countries that do not require a visa can obtain a visa on arrival except for the following 43 countries who do not require a visa to visit Kenya for up to 90 days:[3][4]

Visa is not required for holders of diplomatic or service passports of China.

Visa required[edit]

Kenyan tourist visa

Citizens of the following countries and territories require a visa in advance to visit Kenya:[6]

Visitors who have recently been to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are refused entry due to Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa even if holding a visa.


Kenya introduced an e-Visa system in July 2015. The government has decided to abolish the visa on arrival program and introduce the e-visa system. The e-Visa will become compulsory in September 2015. According to the government an application must be done at least 7 days in advance.[7][8] [9]

Visa on arrival (phased out)[edit]

All other nationalities may obtain a visa on arrival.[10] The visa on arrival facility will be ceased on 1 September 2015.


  1. ^ Nationals of the following countries require a visa
  2. ^ East Africa: Single Visa to Boost East Regional Tourism
  3. ^ "Visa Information". Timatic. IATA. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Nationals of Countries, Classes and Categories Of Persons Who Require Referred Visas
  7. ^ Now You Can get A Kenyan Visa Online
  8. ^ eCitizen
  9. ^ [2]
  10. ^ [3]

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