electronic travel authorisation kenya visa


All foreign citizens who wish to travel to Kenya do not require a Visa from January 2024 and will now instead apply for a Kenya Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA). Link OFFICIAL ETA KENYA and follow the procedure. The processing fee is currently USD 30.

This follows a directive from the President of Kenya. Kenya is now therefore a Visa Free country for all travelers. Further details are to be released soon on the new online digital platform for obtaining prior advance Travel Electronic Authorization. This authorization should be obtained by all non citizen visitors to Kenya prior to their travel and this service may be free or at a nominal cost.

President William Ruto made this welcome announcement on 12th December 2023 in Nairobi during his national address at this year’s 60th Jamhuri Day national celebrations at Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi. While describing Kenya as the historic home of humanity, Ruto stated “Kenya is the home of humanity, a scientific fact that fills us with pride and underscores our rich heritage”. It is with great pleasure, as President of this extraordinary country, to make a historic announcement of the decision of the Government of Kenya. Beginning January 2024, Kenya will be a visa-free country” he announced. He also reiterated that it is not fair to ask visitors ''returning home'' for a visa. “It shall no longer be necessary for any person from any corner of the globe to carry the burden of applying for a visa to come to Kenya. To echo the call of the Turkana people to the world: “Tobong’u Lorre!” Kenya has a simple message to humanity: Welcome Home! This is why, the Government has abolished the requirement of visas for all our visitors”.
Kenya is a desirable tourist destination for travelers all across the world, many of whom come to see the country's magnificent wildlife and Safari destinations as well as the stunning beaches, mountains, local culture and historic monuments. Kenyans are also known for being warm, friendly and hospitable hosts for tourists.


1. Ordinary Visa: Issued for Single or Multiple entries to persons whose nationalities require visas to enter Kenya. A single entry visa is valid for 3 months before you travel. Present yourself to immigration control at the port of entry, you may be issued with a stay period not exceeding 90 days.
2. Transit Visa: Issued for periods not exceeding three days to persons whose nationalities require visas to enter Kenya and who intend to transit through Kenya to a different destination.
3. Diplomatic Visa: Issued for Single or Multiple entries to holders of Diplomatic passports who are on official duty. It is issued free of charge/ gratis.
4. Courtesy/ Official Visa: Issued to persons holding Official or Service passports on Official duty and to Ordinary passport holders who are not entitled to Diplomatic visa; but where it is considered by the Director to be desirable on the grounds of international courtesy. It is issued free of charge/ gratis.

Visa Application Fees

Most travelers often ask how much is a visa and what are mode of payment ? Well, the fees varies depending on the type of visa you are applying for. The online payment of visa fee is in US dollars and you can pay using Visa card, Mastercard and other debit cards.

Type of visa Fees
Single entry visa USD $51
Multiple entry visa USD $101
Transit Visa USD $21
Courtesy Visa No Charge

How to apply for E visa

The Department of Immigration Services has launched an online platform which allows visitors to apply for the Republic of Kenya eVisa online without having to visit a Kenyan diplomatic mission, or obtain the visa on arrival. The procedure of application has now been modified and simplified to a user friendly mode that takes few simple steps. Visa approval is being done real-time.

In order to apply for an e-visa, visitors should login into this website:www.evisa.go.ke and follow the procedure below:

1. Click on Create an account.
2. Select Register as a Visitor.
3. Once Logged in, Select Deparment of Immigration services.
4. Select Submit Appplication.
5. Select Kenyan Visa.
6. Select the type of Visa and read the Instructions Carefully.
7. Fill in the application form.
8. Pay Using visa card, Mastercard and other debit cards.
9. Await approval via email, then download and print the eVisa from your eCitizen account.
10. Present your printed eVisa to the immigration officer at the port of entry.

List of Countries whose Nationals do not require E Visa

Below is a list of 43 countries that can travel to Kenya without a visa. Since they are visa exempt, only a passport is necessary to enter the country, and there's no need to get a Kenyan eVisa; Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Burundi, Cyprus, Darussalam, Dominica, Ethiopia, Fuji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Jamaica, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia (For less than 30 days stay), Maldives, Mauritius, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, St. Kitts & Nelvis, St. Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenades, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa (For less than 30 days stay), Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia and Zimbambwe.

The only exceptions to this rule involve the citizens of Rwanda and Uganda. They can travel to Kenya only with their ID cards. That is because all three countries (Rwanda, Uganda, and Kenya) are a part of the East African Agreement.

List of Countries whose Nationals require e Visa

Below is a list of countries that qualifies for Kenya e Visa application;
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua & Bermuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Rep, Chad, Chile, China {P.R}, Colombia, Comoros, Congo {Brazzaville}, Congo {Democratic Rep}, Costo Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, Eygpt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong {SAR}, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland {Republic}, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kampuchea, Kazakhstan, Kirghizistan, Democratic People's Republic of KoreaKorea north, Korea South, Kosovo, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Macau {SAR}, Madagascar, Malagasy, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar {Burma}, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pacific Isles, Pakistan, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Phillippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Reunion, Romania, Russian Federation, Salvador, Saint Christopher Cape, Sao Tome & Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Slovaki, Slovenia, Somalia, South Sidan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vatican City, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen and Yugoslavia and former States of Yugoslavia.

List of Countries whose Nationals require a referred e Visa

Nationals of the following Countries require a referral visa. Afghanistan, Cameroon, Iraq, Libya, Senegal, Tajikistan, Armenia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (Formerly North Korea), Kosovo, Mali, Somalia, Azerbaijan, Eritrea, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria.

Below is also a category of persons who requires reffered visas:
- Applicants against whom there is some local objections or doubt in the country where the application is made.
- Stateless persons or persons not holding valid passports or other travel documents issued by their own country of nationality, including recognized refugee holders of the United Nations Refugee Travel Documents.
- Prohibited immigrants as enumerated under Section 33 (1) and (2) of the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act, 2011.