Kenya has abolished visa requirements for all foreign visitors from 1 January 2024, and instead implemented an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) system.
Most visitors must obtain an eTA prior to travel unless they are citizens of eTA-exempted countries.[1]

Visa policy map

  eTA not required (90 days)
  eTA required (90 days)
External image
image icon Kenya international border crossing points

Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA)

From 1 January 2024, citizens of all countries except those listed below must apply for an eTA in advance. Here are some details about eTA application:[2][3]


Citizens of the following countries do not need an eTA before entering Kenya:

ID - May enter with a national ID card.[4]

Future changes

East African Tourist Visa

From February 2024, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda will issue an East African Tourist Visa.[8]
The visa fee 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.[9]


The San Marino-United Kingdom visa exemption agreement of 1949 was extended for Kenya and San Marino in 1963 and still applies.[10]
The agreement is of symbolic value for Kenyan citizens but does have an effect on San Marino passport holders.

On 30 October 2023, President William Ruto of Kenya declared the forthcoming elimination of visa requirements for all African visitors by the end of the year.[11]
An updated statement was issued during Kenya's 60th Independence Day celebrations on 12 December 2023, wherein the president declared that the decree would be expanded to encompass all countries globally, commencing in January 2024.[12]

See also


  1. ^ Kamau, Richard (4 January 2024). "Why Kenya has Delayed President Ruto's Visa-Free Entry Directive for Foreigners". Nairobi Wire. Retrieved 5 January 2024.
  2. ^ "Kenya eTA".
  3. ^ Ekugo, Ngozi (7 January 2024). "Kenya: Step-by-step guide to its new eTA system for foreign nationals". Nairametrics.
  4. ^ "Frequently asked questions - East African Community".
  5. ^ "Ruto scraps visa requirements for Angolan citizens".
  6. ^ "Kenya Extends Visa Free Entry to Holders of Indonesian Passport". Kenya Wallstreet. 21 August 2023. Retrieved 21 August 2023.
  7. ^ "Nation - Breaking News, Kenya, Africa, Politics, Business, Sports | HOME". 13 June 2023.
  8. ^ East Africa: Single Visa to Boost East Regional Tourism, All Africa, 6 March 2014.
  9. ^ "T12-East Africa Tourist Visa". Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  10. ^ "Accordi bilaterali con altri Stati - Segreteria di Stato per gli Affari Esteri - Repubblica di San Marino".
  11. ^ "Kenya to scrap visas for all African visitors by year-end".
  12. ^ "Kenya to scrap visas for all visitors, president says". Reuters. 12 December 2023. Retrieved 12 December 2023.