Kenya Entry Requirements

Kenya Entry Requirements

Passport and visa regulations


Passport required visa required Return ticket required
Turkey Yes no Yes
Other EU countries Yes 1 Yes
Switzerland Yes Yes Yes
Austria Yes Yes Yes
Germany Yes Yes Yes

Passport information

Generally required, must be valid for at least 6 months when you leave the country.

Visa information

Attention: Before entering the country, the International Travelers Health Surveillance Form must be filled out online. A visa is required for nationals of the countries listed in the table above, among others. Exception: [1] Citizens of Cyprus do not need a visa to enter Kenya. e-Visa e-Visas must be applied for through the electronic visa system. All visitors receive a visitor’s pass upon entry.

Note on the visa

For Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda there is a common visa, the East Africa Tourist Visa (EAC). This common visa is issued upon arrival at airports in Kenya. It allows multiple entries and costs US$101. It is recommended to apply for this visa at the responsible Kenyan representation before travelling. In the past, when applying for a visa at the airport in Kenya, there were often long waiting times and difficulties because payment of the visa fee was often only accepted in US dollars.

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East Africa Visa (EAC): 100 US$ (Airport)/ 80 € (Embassy). e-Visa: Single Entry: US$51. Transit visa: US$21.

Visa types and costs

Entry and transit visas and joint visas for Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.


3 months. Extensions for a maximum of another 3 months can be applied for at the Immigration Department in Nyayo House – Kenyatta Avenue / Uhuru Highway, PO Box 30191-00100, Nairobi as well as in Mombasa or Kisumu.


Transit travelers who fly on with the next connection, have valid documents for the return or onward journey and do not leave the transit area do not need a transit visa. Online via the electronic e-Visa system or upon arrival.

Application required

Tourist visa: (a) Apply online (b) 1 passport photo (2 for multiple entries). (c) Passport valid for at least 6 months upon departure and containing at least two blank pages (with two copies of all relevant pages for multiple entries) (d) Fee (by credit card). Children under the age of 16 accompanied by their parents do not require a visa and do not have to pay a visa fee. (e) Travel confirmation or copy of round trip ticket. (f) DHL Expresseasy Prepaid National Envelope for Visa Passport delivery. e-Visa: (a) Passport valid for at least 6 months. (b) Printout of e-Visa from (c) Itinerary. (d) Letter from employer on business trips or letter of invitation on family visits. (e) Hotel booking for tourist trips. (f) digital biometric passport photo. (g) one email address per applicant. (h) Credit Card. East Africa Visa a) 1 application form (b)-(f) as for tourist visa. Business Visa: (a)-(f) (g) Letter of assignment from the company detailing the purpose and duration of the trip and confirmation of the assumption of costs. (h) Copy of the invitation letter from the inviting company. The entry visa for single entry also allows re-entry from Tanzania and Uganda within its period of validity. Visa on arrival (a) 1 completed Application Form 22 (available at the airport). (b) a passport that is valid for at least 6 months upon entry. (c) return or Onward flight ticket and itinerary plan. (d) Visa fee: €40 or US$50 in cash. (e) for business travelers only: letters in English from the companies involved in the trip.

Temporary Residence

Applications to the Immigration Office: The Principal Immigration Officer, PO Box 30191, Nairobi.

Processing time

Postal: 10 working days. Personal application: 5 days. The processing time also depends on whether the application needs to be sent to Nairobi for approval. In this case, the processing time can take 6 weeks or longer. e-Visa: Approx. 7 days. East Africa Visa: 11 days in Berlin.

Proof of sufficient funds

All travelers must have a return/onward ticket and sufficient funds (US$500 minimum) upon entry.

Documents required upon entry

(a) Printout of e-Visa. (b) Return or onward travel ticket and documents. (c) Sufficient funds for the stay (minimum US$500). (d) Proof of vaccination against yellow fever, if applicable.

Entry with children

German: Machine-readable children’s passport or your own passport. Austrians: Own passport. Swiss: Own passport. Turks: Own passport. Note: The same visa requirements apply to children as to their parents. Attention: Children traveling alone who require a visa need their own passport, a visa and a written travel permit from both parents. Children under the age of 16 accompanied by their parents do not need a visa and do not have to pay a visa fee. However, you need a passport. Since June 27, 2012, children need their own travel document (passport / children’s passport) for trips abroad (also within the EU). Entries of children in the parental passport are no longer possible. Minors who have a different surname than the adult accompanying them should be able to prove their relationship to this adult (e.g. with a birth certificate).

Entry with pets

A health certificate and a rabies vaccination certificate issued in the country of origin are required for dogs and cats. The rabies vaccination must have been carried out at least 1 month and at most 12 months before arrival. In addition, an import permit must be presented, which will be issued by the embassy in Berlin within 1 week if the application is submitted by post or within one day if the application is submitted in person. A cover letter to the embassy containing the personal data of the traveler (especially name and address) is required. The fee, which can be paid by debit card or bank transfer, is €57. The exact requirements are available at

Kenya Entry Requirements