How To Apply Or Renew your Kenyan Visa

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Kenya is a wonderful East African destination, home to authentic African wilderness, pristine and beautiful beaches, and the most stunning national parks!

Are you looking forward to your vacation in Kenya? Do you need more information about the visa process?

Well, don’t worry, we’re here to help you with our Kenyan visa guide!


The e-visa is an electronic visa. It’s basically a visa that you can get online without having to go to a Kenyan embassy. An electronic visa makes it much easier for you to obtain the visa because the whole procedure is done online.

Types of e-Visas

There are three types of e-visas:

  • Single Entry e-Visa – a single entry e-visa is required by tourists, businessmen and those visiting Kenya for medical reasons. This is the type of visa you need if you want to go on a vacation or a business trip to Kenya!
  • Transit e-Visa – these visas are valid for those who are going to land in Kenya for less than 72 hours and then head to another destination.
  • Courtesy e-Visa – It is issued for government officers and those visiting Kenya for official reasons.
E-visa online portal

Kenyan E-visa Online Portal, Image Source: BackPackStory.Me

Eligibility for Single-Entry Visa

Make sure your country is eligible for a single-entry e-visa. Some countries are exempted from the visa requirements, while others aren’t eligible for the e-visa and need to submit an application on paper to the Department of Immigration in Kenya. You can check out more details about the eligible countries here.

How to Apply for Kenyan e-Visa

Visit their website, create an account, attach the details, make the payment and you’re done!

Requirements for Single Entry e-Visa

The fee for a single-entry visa is $51. Here are a few other requirements you’ll need to apply for a tourism/business visa:

  • Travel plan and booking details of the hotel you’re going to stay at (in case of tourism) • Registration details of company and invitation letter from the company (in case of a business trip)
  • Valid Passport
  • Photograph
  • Return ticket
Kenyan Passport

Kenyan Passport, Image Source: VietnamImmigration.Com

The Validity of a Single-Entry Visa

The single-entry visa is valid for three months!

How do I renew a Single-Entry Visa While in Kenya?

You can renew your single-entry visa by applying for an extension at the immigration headquarters which are located in Nairobi and Mombasa. You’ll be given an extension of 6 months. However, you cannot be given further extension after that. You can stay for a period of 6 months at most on one single-entry visa.

Department of Immigration Nairobi

Department of Immigration Nairobi, Image Source: Pd.Co.Ke

Will I have to pay an additional fee for the visa extension?

Yes, you will have to pay an additional fee if you want to extend your single-entry visa in Kenya. You’ll also need photographs of yourself, a copy of your passport, and your existing visa details. You’ll be required to fill out an application.

Time Taken for e-Visa and e-Visa Extension

It takes about 48 hours for your e-visa to be processed. Your visa extensions from the immigration headquarters can take about a few minutes to half a day. Make sure you fill out all the details correctly so that you don’t have to wait any longer!

So, what are you waiting for? Plan a trip to Kenya and have the vacation of your lifetime! Head over to our “Flights” section for more details on flights to Kenya.

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