With its pristine natural beauty, wildlife diversity and exciting outdoor activities, Kenya offers a holiday of a lifetime to its visitors. The country is rich in history, culture and traditions, and features many sightseeing opportunities.
Kenya certainly has something for everyone. If you’re looking forward to a luxury holiday, there are lots of exclusive places to visit and stay. For upscale shopping, you will find the trendy and ritzy shopping malls in Nairobi . If you’re looking for a beach vacation, the East African country has several coastal destinations for you to unwind and relax amidst the serene natural beauty it offers.
Obtaining a Kenyan Visa
Getting a visa to Kenya is an easy and straightforward process. As it happens, passport holders from different countries from around the world can have easy access to the East African country. In fact, the freedom of movement and visa-free access to Kenyan destinations is taken as given. Kenyans are always willing to welcome tourists and visitors with open arms.
Acquiring a Kenyan visa depends on your nationality and why you’re visiting. People who do not need visa to visit hold passports from countries that have a visa exemption agreement with Kenya. However, people who need visa to visit Kenya can apply online to get the eVisa or obtain Visa-on-Arrival at the point of entry.
The visa-free access, eVisa and Visa-on-arrival allow visitors to travel to Kenya for tourism or short-term business purpose for up to 90 days. This rule applies to Tourist/Visit visas and you’re not permitted to work in the country.
Countries That Don’t Need Visa To Visit Kenya
If you’re a passport holder or national of the countries in the list below, you don’t need to apply for visa before you can enter Kenya. This means you can stay in Kenya for a period of 3 months (unless stated otherwise on the list); your passport will be stamped at the point of entry, as long as the purpose of your visit meets the immigration rules.
* up to 30 days
Australia & Oceania
St. Vincent and The Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
Countries Granted E-Visa or Visa-on-Arrival
If you’re a passport holder or national of the countries on the list below, you can apply for e-Visa online. You can apply and make payment online, then print your eVisa to show the immigration officer at the point of entry. You can also obtain visa-on-arrival at the point of entry.
Central African Rep
Sao Tome and Principe
United Arab Emirates
*For less than 30 days stay
Australia & Oceania
Nationals of countries that are not listed above can apply for visa via the Kenyan High Commission or Embassy in your country. If you plan to settle down in Kenya for marital reasons, to study or work, there are many different visas that you can apply for. You will also need to apply directly to the Kenyan High Commission or Embassy in your country.
If you’re not sure whether you need a visa, you should visit the Kenyan High Commission office or Embassy in your country.
If it does turn out that you don’t need a visa to visit Kenya, all you need to do is to purchase your ticket and start planning your holiday.
However, if it turns out that you need an e-Visa; you can go online and apply for it. The online visa application is easy and straightforward. Alternatively, you can obtain your visa on arrival at the point of entry in the country.
Have a look at our Travel Guides for all the best Kenyan Destinations and let us help you plan your trip to Kenya!
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