Visitors to Kenya need a visa unless they come from one of the visa-exempt countries. All visas to Kenya are issued online.[1]

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Visa policy of Kenya
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Visa exemptions

Nationals of the following countries may visit Kenya without a visa for stays of up to 90 days (unless otherwise noted):[2][3]

  1. ^ a b For stays of up to 30 days.
  2. ^ a b Nationals of Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda may travel between these countries using a national identification card.[4]

The following groups are also exempt from visas:[6]

A visa waiver agreement for ordinary passports was signed with Mozambique in November 2018 and it is yet to come into force.[7]

A visa waiver protocol for diplomatic passports was signed with the United Arab Emirates, but it is yet to come into force.[8]


The San Marino-United Kingdom visa waiver agreement of 1949 was extended for Kenya and San Marino in 1963 and still applies.[9] The agreement is of symbolic value for Kenyan citizens but does have an effect on San Marino passport holders.


From 1 January 2021, all visas to Kenya are issued online and are no longer available on arrival.[1][10]

Visa applications from nationals of the following countries and from stateless people are referred to the Directorate of Immigration Services and may take longer for processing:[2][6][10]

East African Tourist Visa

From February 2014, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda issue an East African Tourist Visa.[11] The visa costs 100 USD and has no restrictions on nationality. It is a non-extendable multiple-entry 90-day visa that has to be first used to enter the country that issued it.[12]

See also


  1. ^ a b eVisa, Embassy of the Republic of Kenya in Washington, D.C.
  2. ^ a b Kenyan visa eligibility, eVisa, Republic of Kenya.
  3. ^ "Visa and health information". Timatic. International Air Transport Association through Emirates. Retrieved 26 September 2021.
  4. ^ Frequently asked questions, East African Community.
  5. ^ Kenya, South Sudan abolish visa requirement for their nationals, The East African, 26 July 2021.
  6. ^ a b About eVisa, eVisa, Republic of Kenya.
  7. ^ Kenya, Mozambique sign visa waiver to allow free movement of people, Citizen Digital, 21 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Nation - Breaking News, Kenya, Africa, Politics, Business, Sports | HOME". 13 June 2023.
  9. ^ "Accordi bilaterali con altri Stati - Segreteria di Stato per gli Affari Esteri - Repubblica di San Marino".
  10. ^ a b Visa and exemption services, Directorate of Immigration Services of Kenya.
  11. ^ East Africa: Single Visa to Boost East Regional Tourism, All Africa, 6 March 2014.
  12. ^ "T12-East Africa Tourist Visa". Retrieved 2016-01-25.