Frequently Asked Questions

Consular Services

Can I make an application for my spouse to be registered as a citizen of Kenya at the High Commission?

No, the applications are done directly to Director of Immigration Services in Kenya.

Can my child born in the United Kingdom be issued with a Kenya Passport?

Yes, please visit the website for requirements.

Can one apply for a work permit to work in Kenya at High Commission?

No, applications are done directly to the Director of  Immigration Services, Nairobi Kenya through an employer based in Kenya.

Do British citizens require yellow fever vaccinations before travelling to Kenya?

They do not require if residents of United Kingdom and/or Europe, but we advise they consult their personal GPs.

Does one need an appointment to make an application for a passport, ID or visa?

No appointment required. Applications can be made Mondays to Fridays between 9.30 am and 12.00 noon (except during bank holidays)

NB: Applications for IDs are done only Mondays and Tuesdays between 9.30 am and 12.00 noon.

Does the Mission provide financial assistance?

The Kenya High Commission as indeed all other missions abroad does not offer any monetary assistance.

How long does it take to process a passport application? Answer.

It takes an average of ten working days to process (except for applications for lost passports which take up to 4 weeks).

If a visitor has a valid visitor’s pass and visits Tanzania or Uganda, then returns to Kenya within the validity, would they need another visa?

No

If I am on transit in Kenya and don’t leave the Airport would I require a transit visa?

If you will not be leaving the airport you don’t need a transit visa. On arrival you will proceed to the transit lounge and wait for your connecting flight.

Is the High Commission the only place a traveller can get a visa?

No. Any visitor to Kenya (except from the countries listed under Referred Visas) may be issued with a visa at any port of entry to Kenya provided they meet the usual Immigration formalities.

Is there a special application form for children’s passport, renewal of passport and issuance of CIN?

All applications for passport whether new or replacement, for a child or adult are made on form 19 which is available on our website. The form is also applicable to those applying for CINs.

The visa endorsement in a passport, does it allow a visitor to stay in Kenya?

No, in addition to the visa endorsement, the visitor is issued with a visitor’s pass free of charge at the port of entry. The visitor’s pass gives the period of time the visitor should stay in the country, with a maximum of 3 months.

What does one need if they wish to work in Kenya as employees?

The employer in Kenya should apply for the Entry Work Permit from the Director of Immigration Services whose address is P.O Box 30191, Nairobi.

What if I reside in Kenya without engaging in employment or any work paid or unpaid?

Apply for a Class K permit directly to the Director of Immigration Services.

When is a transit visa issued?

A transit visa may be issued to a visitor for the purpose of connecting flights.

Which countries does the East Africa Tourist Visa cover?

The East Africa Tourist Visa enables tourists to travel between Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.