Visas

Visas

Further to our earlier notice that all visa applications be submitted online as from 1st September 2015, it was reviewed and decided that both the manual and online visa processing systems will run concurrently. Visa processing time takes 2-3 working days.

Kindly note that the visa processing fees are nonrefundable and non transferable

Consequently, visitors can now obtain visas by applying;

1. Online through e-visa website  ( Single Entry, Transit and Courtesy Only)

2. At the Kenya High Commission

3. At Ports of Entry on arrival in Kenya (however some airlines may require a visa before departure and may refuse boarding otherwise)

The following categories of visas are issued at the Mission;

  • Single Entry (Tourists/Visitor/Business)
  • Diplomatic Visa
  • Transit Visa
  • Multiple entry Visa
  • East Africa Tourist Visa

Single Entry (Tourists/Visitor/Business)

Duly filled application form. Click to download

  • A national passport (original and copy) that is valid for at least  six (6) months and has  two (2) blank pages
  • One passport UK standard sized photograph taken on white background and within the last six months
  • Visa processing fee of  £30.00 payable by card (for those applying in person) or by Postal Order/ Bankers Cheque ( for postal applications).
  • Flight itinerary and ticket.
  • A certified self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of your passport(s)  (for postal applications). The envelope should have sufficient return postage.
  • A copy of UK  Resident Permit or work permit/ student visa for non British passport holders.
  • A letter from the company ( in case of a business trip)
  • Minors (under 18) travelling on their own require written consent from either parent.
  • A business Visa allows you to attend conferences, workshops, seminars or discussions BUT does not allow you to work in Kenya. Those who wish to work in Kenya (paid or unpaid) require authorization from The Director of Immigration Services in Nairobi (P.O. Box 30191, Nairobi Kenya). This can be done by your contact in Kenya.

For more information, please visit the Kenyan immigration website

Diplomatic Official Visa

  • Diplomatic Note (Note Verbal) confirming that holder is travelling on official duty.
  • A valid national Diplomatic/Official/Service passport (with minimum validity of six (6) months or more with at least two (2) blank pages)
  • Duly filled application form.Click to download
  • One passport sized photograph taken on white background and within the last six months.
  • Payment is not required

Multiple Visas

Multiple entry visas may be issued on application for British citizens only. Other citizens will have their applications referred to immigration headquarters for processing.

  • Duly filled application form. Click to download
  • A national passport (original and copy) that is valid for at least  six (6) months and has  two (2) blank pages
  • One passport UK standard sized photograph taken on white background and within the last six months
  • A certified self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of your passport(s)  (for postal applications). The envelope should have sufficient return postage.
  • Visa processing fee of £60.00 payable by card (for those applying in person) or by Postal Order/ Bankers Cheque ( for postal applications).
  • Supporting letter e.g. letter from company or Invitation letter for business visits/family visits. or
 Hotel bookings/details about places to visit if travelling  as a tourist

Note: Minors (under 18) travelling on their own require written consent from either parent.

Transit (allows for a short stop-over or overnight only)

  • A national passport (original and copy) that is valid for at least  six (6) months and has  two (2) blank page
  • Duly filled application form. Click to download
  • One passport UK standard sized photograph taken on white background and within the last six months
  • Postal order  or Bankers Cheque made payable to the “Kenya High Commission”  in the amount of £10.00.
  • Flight itinerary.
  • A certified self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of your passport(s)  (for postal applications). The envelope should have sufficient return postage.

Note: Minors (under 18) travelling on their own require written consent from either parent.

East African visas (Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda only)

Allows for Multiple Entry  for tourists,  to the Republic of Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. The visa is valid for 90 days from the date of issue.

  • A duly filled up application forms. Click to download
  • A national passport (original and copy) that is valid for at least  six (6) months and has  two (2) blank pages
  • Visa processing fee of £65.00 payable by card (for those applying in person) or by Postal Order/ Bankers Cheque ( for postal applications).
  • One clear coloured passport size photos with white background taken within the last six months, taken without glasses, caps, scarf.
  • Flight itinerary and 
 Hotel bookings/details about places to visit if going as tourist
  • A certified self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of your passport(s)  (for postal applications). The envelope should have sufficient return postage.

Note : This visa is for tourist purposes only ( no work is permitted) and cannot be extended.

Furthermore,applicants from countries that are on referral shall apply for the East Africa visa from the Mission whose Government has referral requirements. The holder of the East Africa tourist visa issued by the Mission shall enter through Kenya and move to either Uganda or Rwanda and return to Kenya without having to apply or pay for another visa within a period of 90 days.

NB:
  • Visa applications without complete requirements will not be processed. Please ensure all the requirements are met.
  • Applicants should allow 2 business days to process visa applications.
  • For walk-ins, applicants can use debit cards for payments.

For more information on visa application and visa categories based on nationalities, please visit www.immigration.go.ke 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 +254-222022) prior to their engagement in the respective attachments.