No Visa – No Entry as Kenya launches new rules


(Posted 01st July 2015)

Come midnight tonight, 02nd of July 2015, do major changes in Kenya’s Visa policy come into place. Unlike in the past when many nationalities were able to get their Visa on arrival in Nairobi or Mombasa, will intending visitors now have to apply for an e-Visa in advance, with processing days taking as much as a week. Upon vehement intervention from tourism stakeholders has a grace period been extended but only for two months, during which tourists and business travelers arriving at one of the two international airports can still get their Visa on arrival but effective 01st of September will this dual modus operandum be scrapped and only the e-Visa process be available.

The new method was only announced a short while ago and has caught many travelers and in particular tour operators and travel agencies abroad unaware. Many destinations brochures will now need re-printing as in most are European visitors told they can get their Visa on arrival at a cost of US Dollars 50, payable in cash. No more under the new rules when the payment must be made by credit or debit card.



Starting from 2nd July 2015, the government of Kenya will introduce electronic visa application. Tourists wishing to visit Kenya need to apply as follows:

Visit the electronic visa page at

Select Register as a Visitor

As part of this process, you will receive a confirmation email that you need to click on to verify and confirm your registration

At this point, you will be asked to UPLOAD A DIGITAL PASSPORT PHOTO (Maximum size 500 px by 500 px)

Once logged in, select Department of Immigration Services

Select Submit Application

Select Kenyan Visa

Select the type of visa (visitor) and read the instructions carefully

Complete the application form – please note that incomplete applications will berejected and you will lose your processing fees

You will need a scan of the main page of your passport (with your name, date of birth and other information)

You will need to re-upload your passport photo

Pay using your Visa card, MasterCard or other debit card

Await your approval which will be sent to you by email. This could take up to 7days so ensure that you plan in advance

Once you have received the email advising that your visa is approved, log back into your ecitizen account and download your visa.

Print a copy of your visa to present to the immigration officer at your point of entry into Kenya

Some things to remember:

The visa process takes up to one week and must be completed in advance

You will need a scan of your passport and passport photo

Approval and issuance of the visa does not guarantee entry into Kenya

Any form of business or employment on a visitor’s visa is an offence

As the introduction of this visa process was only announced a few days ago, there is a two month grace period whereby visas can still be purchased on arrival. This grace period expires on 31 August 2015.

Effective 01 September 2015, you will be denied boarding of your flight to Kenya or denied entry to Kenya if you do not have your printed copy of your e-visa with you.

The new service goes live on 2nd July 2015.

It was not possible in the short period of time available to ascertain if the common East African tourist Visa, which presently allows entry into the three CoW countries of Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya at a reduced cost of just 100 US Dollars, must now also be purchased in advance via e-Channels, as no such information was included in the regulations and guidelines published by the Kenyan immigration department.

Tourism stakeholders have sharply condemned the move, saying the week long processing period is excessive and prevents tourists taking a last minute decision to come to Kenya.

Last minute bookings, often at a significant rebate, are popular in Europe with passengers at times just turning up at the airport and in a game of potluck choosing from posters hang up by airlines or touroperators where to fly to, paying there and then and checking in for their flight.

Either did Kenyan officials not think of this segment of travelers, or perhaps rather not know about it and with the new rules basically sending out the message that last minute travelers are no longer welcome in Kenya will inevitably business be lost to more user friendly destinations for last minute bookers.

One source from Nairobi close to this ‘action’ admitted that this was aimed to keep undesirables out of Kenya, in particular to stem the potential rise in arrivals of radicals from the UK, who may wish to join terrorist organisations similar to what many have done with ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

You must understand that the threat level from that side has gone up and up. We need those days to vet applicants and compare data base information with some of our western partners. This way we hope to catch those with links to radical groups and can deny them entry. Right now they just come, pay their Visa fee and melt away. One British was killed a few weeks ago when together with Al Shabab operatives trying to attack our barracks in Lamu. Therefore, we had to act and close that open door which existed and which we believe was used by radicals to infiltrate us. Now that you say it will keep a lot of real tourists out of Kenya, this will have to be investigated. We have to see if the process can be made faster. Anyway, people who have been here as tourists before and now arrive under new rules will be captured in our data base and when they come back in the future, their application could be as fast as a day’.

Considering that the country is still reeling from the yoke of the only recently lifted harsh anti travel advisories, it is clear that there is now a raging argument between tourism operators to let tourists in as it has been while security services will argue that even with the risk of one radical slipping through the net that one is one too many.

When Burundi a few months ago, equally at short notice, also demanded Visa in advance instead of granting them on arrival, visitor numbers into Bujumbura all but collapsed, leaving an already struggling tourism industry reeling from the fallout and being pushed to the wall due to lack of tourism numbers and revenues.

Seriously speaking though, tourism stakeholders are now urged to communicate these changes to their agents and operators abroad to avoid situation where paid up travelers will be denied boarding for their flight to Kenya, still thinking they get their Visa on arrival and yet, come September, will those doors be closed for good.


144 responses to this post.

  1. I am coming 13 july.
    i got my visum in The Haque by the kenyan embassy.
    Is this ok to travel to kenya.


  2. This article in unnecessarily alarmist and not entirely true.
    While it is true the E-Visa application goes live on 2nd July, for the first two months (up to end of August) visitors can still acquire their visas at the airport as usual

    The E-Visa between 2nd July and end of August will be optional for those willing to do so. That gives the local industry stakeholders a good two months to engage the Government over the potentially harmful effects of this proposal.


  3. Posted by Psolace Mhini on July 2, 2015 at 00:00

    Those tourists who are serious about visiting Kenya make plans way ahead of time and will be able to go through the new requirements without a hustle. There are visa agencies that can also do the paperwork for those booking through travel agencies. Kenya can no longer afford to sacrifice the safety of millions of Kenyans to meet the comfort levels of tourists. Yes we need tourists but our safety is paramount and this new regulation will enable the preliminary screening of those seeking to enter Kenya. Terrorists and paedophiles beware!


    • Posted by Joanne on July 2, 2015 at 12:14

      I think that Kenya does need to protect itself from certain undesirable elements & visitors such as terrorists and paedophiles. However, setting up an e-visa system does not necessarily safeguard against this as people may travel on different passports at different times if they are citizens of more than one country, or they may enter Kenya via another country in east Africa where they have not had to obtain an e-visa etc. An e-visa system can work but before it is released publicly certain safeguards need to be put in place so that users can be guaranteed of their own security (for making online payments for example) and given some reliable contact point to use in case there are problems or questions. I’m not sure that the current e-visa structure has taken all of these issues into account. Finally, Kenya does need tourists and these days many tourists do make a last minute decision to visit the country. For instance, if people are holidaying in Tanzania they may decide to visit Kenya as a spontaneous last minute decision – this new system (as it is currently proposed) will possibly deter these types of visitors which may be problematic in the long term for the Kenyan tourist market.


      • Posted by Psolace Mhini on July 2, 2015 at 22:38

        I don’t think that any serious visitor will see this as a deterrent. There are so many die-hard Kenya holiday-makers who make appropriate arrangements on time. Kenya will review and deal with the consequences of the evisa after the implementation process has been completed & the first results submitted. No one can predict the outcome at this juncture. Furthermore, domestic tourists are also a force to recon with and have kept the tourist industry afloat during these trying period. We should stop crying about last-minute bookers.

  4. Posted by golivieri on July 2, 2015 at 11:31

    Kenya is going to loose lot of last minute tourism.

    I am wondering why they care so much about a few terrorism militants while many foreigners die in roads accident due the inadequate infrastuctures, luck of security, speed control or simply because a bump is is not indicated by a proper sign.

    Try to drive from Nairobi to Mombasa no matter if at day time or in tue’ll risk your life hundred times..


  5. Posted by Ali on July 2, 2015 at 18:35

    Panicked but phoned the High Commission in London and told I can get my visa at the airport no problem, thank goodness and nothing seems to be mentioned on their web pages.


  6. Posted by tinasworldlingerie on July 2, 2015 at 19:25

    I dont event know what to say..All I know is that terrorism is just within and not necessarily from outsiders..That said, security should be beefed up at entry points so that people with questionable characters can be weeded out before they leave the airport


  7. Posted by Vayola on July 3, 2015 at 06:06

    One Briton or one British man..


  8. Best thing to do is to get it clear from the horse’s mouth… this blog is a bit misleading… i have just come off the phone with an official for immigration at the JKIA and he has informed me that they will continue with the usual style of handing out visas to all until the 1st of September because of obvious reasons and will enforce it as of that date. Good day …


  9. Reblogged this on PWANI ALIVE and commented:
    With Mombasa and Pwani in general being a tourist site,i think it is important to check this out.


  10. true and due to some bad experience in past the kenya is going to adopt some safety rules we have to support as in other countries we do follow them like that we ahve to accept and follow


  11. Posted by clive on July 4, 2015 at 13:38

    How does this affect border crossings at Sirari for example??


  12. Posted by Garry MacLean on July 18, 2015 at 10:50

    Unfortunately this means my present visit to Kenya will be my last visit. While I love visiting Kenya there is absolutely no way that I would trust the Kenyan Government with my Credit Card details.


  13. Posted by Amanda on August 14, 2015 at 19:28

    I wouldn’t trust the Kenyan Government with my credit card information either. On top of that, there are a lot of foreigners living in or traveling through surrounding countries that will not have access to scanners to scan a digital passport photo or the first page of their passport if they do chose to go to Kenya on a whim (or even within a few weeks). I’m an expat in East Africa – it’s not that simple. I’m surprised that for a country that is struggling for tourists that they would put this into place or at least make their online visa process this much of a hassle. Look to other countries and their online visa process – it is less of a process. Also, their website is very unclear about the photo; it states that no scanned photos will be accepted – so I have to go to a passport photo office and have them digitally email me the photo? I would like to hear from someone who has gone through this and let us know how smooth it is…


  14. Posted by Katherine Herzog on August 25, 2015 at 22:39

    I traveled to Kenya in May – June 2015 and had my credit card information stolen and used for a hotel stay in Mombasa costing USD$1,500. Will be my last trip to Kenya as the e-visa application asks for too much personal info and credit card details – an easy way for just one compromised person in GOK to steal identity as well as credit card info.


  15. Posted by andy on August 30, 2015 at 20:43

    i am trying yo submit the the evisa but keeps saying page not available


  16. Posted by andy on August 31, 2015 at 12:54



  17. Posted by cathy on September 9, 2015 at 16:17

    I have used the ecitizen website to apply for my e visa. I applied on Monday 7 Sep 2015 and received an email confirmation on Tue 8 Sep to say my e visa has been approved. I has called the Kenya High Commission on Monday 7th since the website had been down the whole of Friday 4th. I spoke to the immigration officer and he said if my e visa doesn’t go through he can make arrangements to get it on my arrival. So people should not worry, they understand the system is new but its also got its complications.


  18. Posted by cathy on September 9, 2015 at 16:19

    Oh and the images they asked for i just used my phone camera


  19. Posted by Dan on October 28, 2015 at 15:26

    Having visited Kenya more than a couple times in the visa-on-arrival days, I was expecting the same. I had heard of East African countries raising their entry fees, though, so I googled to find out what Kenya’s current fees were. Luckily, one of the first results was this blog post! With less than 2 days before I was due to fly out for Kenya, I slogged through the eVisa site, applied, and was approved almost instantly. Many thanks to you for this informative post – I’m letting all my friends and colleagues know about these new requirements as well, since the system was implemented during our customary “summer break” from meetings in Gigiri!


  20. Posted by Paula on October 31, 2015 at 01:03

    Thank you very much for your information. It would be helpful if you post an update to your post about the Visa being restored on arrival to the main airports of Nairobi and Mombasa. Best wishes.


  21. Posted by Florence on December 1, 2015 at 17:03

    I wanted to know whether this is possible to enter Kenya with a one way ticket for a British passport carrier (coming from Djibouti with a return ticket to the UK). I rang the embassy in London and they said that this is possible according to Kenyan immigration policies but that I needed to check with the airline company. The airline seems quite evasive. Anyone who’s done it recently or know whether it is possible and where to find the info in writing, just in case?


  22. Posted by Chris on December 2, 2015 at 17:59

    Thanks for the info. Currently when googling ‘evisa Kenya’, this post comes up rather than your update. For other casual visitors like myself, you might save a few scared heart beats if you put a link to your update somewhere in this article.

    I applied 3 business days before my flight, as I’d seen guidance that it took 2 business days, usually much less. Now 12 hours before my flight the eVisa is still ‘pending’. Still, $100 if I have to pay again on entry is better than having to miss my flight, I guess..


  23. […] officials justified the new process when their site went live last July as providing a better level of […]


  24. Posted by Dave on January 5, 2016 at 23:24

    Planning to arrive in Kenya on March 4th, 2016. Is it still possible to get the visa at the airport?


  25. Posted by sajid ali on January 6, 2016 at 07:47

    Hi sir how ‘re you ? i am pakistani citizen and we need Kenya visit visa.


  26. Posted by sajid ali on January 6, 2016 at 07:58

    hi sir how are you i am pakistani citizen,and we need kenya visit visa.


  27. Posted by Zuzana on January 11, 2016 at 11:08

    hello, please can czech citisien get the visa on the airport in Nairobi or we need e-visa before the flight? Thanks so much


  28. Posted by Krzysztof on January 20, 2016 at 20:36

    I live in Poland. I want to fly to Mombasa on Saturday 01/23/2016. I get a visa at the airport?


  29. hallo, I am traveling to kenya 11.02.16. and i did not know about the Evisa. i have norwegian passport. I applied for my Evisa but i dont know if i will get the answer early enouhg. can i buy the visa at arrival in nairobi?


  30. Posted by Alex on February 12, 2016 at 11:32

    My name is Alex….my planned date was to enter into kenya on 14th of Feb 2016. but my flight date is 17th feb 2016. Is it possible for me to enter?


  31. Posted by Tori on March 13, 2016 at 18:29

    My 15yr old son is travelling to Kenya by himself to stay with a school friend. Still waiting for his new passport to arrive so can’t apply for e-visa in advance. Does anyone know what documents i need to give him so he can enter Kenya and get his visa himself at the airport?


  32. Posted by Ashvin on April 4, 2016 at 20:01

    I am a Canadian passport holder, can I get a visa on arrival at Nairobi Airport ? Will be flying on to Mombasa..should I anticipate any problems?


  33. Posted by pastortim on April 13, 2016 at 01:21

    I am a Nigerian passport holder. I intend visiting Dubai and transit in Kenya for 2 days, will i be given Kenya Transit visa on arrival without any problem if i choose this option? I would appreciate your reply. thanks for the good work


    • Many nationalities are able to get Visa and transit Visa on arrival in Nairobi.
      However, we all know that African passport holders often are treated as second
      class travelers compared to holders of Western nation passports even when
      traveling across Africa.
      I suggest you contact your airline for the latest information about Visa
      requirements and how to secure one before you travel to avoid any possible
      upset of your plans.
      Thanks for your compliments and for reading my blog.


  34. Posted by Manuel on April 18, 2016 at 21:45

    So easy to solve it: US$50 if you go with an eVisa through eCitizen and US§100 if you ask for one at entry in the airport. Everyone will be happy 🙂
    PS: I’m a consultant and can be hired to solve this type of problems with not so out-of-the-box thinking


  35. Posted by Clayton on April 20, 2016 at 03:32

    Hi I will be travelling to Kenya I have an Australian passport and a south African passport, I will be visiting a friend and their might be a possibility of wanting to stay longer, which would be the better passport to use in this case?


  36. Posted by Kenya on April 25, 2016 at 10:54

    seems silly that you did not edit the article to make the correction for the current situation. VISAS ARE AVAILABLE ON ARRIVAL!




  38. Posted by Anja on May 19, 2016 at 17:01

    Thank you for your great service – and patience…..
    I’m leaving Denmark for Mombasa on Tuesday and thanks to you I will be at ease with the requirements for visa as I now know I can buy it at arrival for 30£ or 50§.


  39. Hi, thanks for the useful info. I will be flying from Johannesburg to London via Nairobi (3 hour layover there and back), do I still need to purchase a transit visa? Thanks!


  40. Hi again, on the evisa website it states that those connecting flights directly without leaving the airport don’t need to apply! But I wonder if this is true in practice? I have three hours to wait in between flights, so I guess that would be classed as ‘connecting directly’? Thanks for any advice with this.


  41. Posted by Dipz on June 14, 2016 at 23:43

    I am travelling to Kenya with my wife and two children. Do we need to fill in any forms, and if so can I download and fill them in advance?


  42. Posted by Maryan on June 21, 2016 at 20:23

    Thank you for sharing this information.
    I am from the United States and leaving to kenya in 6 days. I applied for my visa online but i did not get an answer yet. Would I be able to get a visa at the airport?
    Thank you,


  43. Posted by Teresa on June 28, 2016 at 05:59

    Leaving for Kenya on the 22nd of July, I’m a United States citizen. Would it be sensible to apply for a Kenyan Visa at the Kenyan Embassy in DC or could I just do it upon arrival in Kenya at the airport?


  44. Hi George, I don’t have a last name(surname) in my passport, I only have the first name. will there be a problem while getting visa on arrival in kenya(I am a resident of India) if that matters. ?? Also which currency do i need to carry when i get there for visa fees?


  45. Posted by Nang Yu Aye on June 29, 2016 at 11:49

    Hi, I am from the Myanmar and travel to Kenya in 7 days for conference. In Myanmar don’t have the Kenya Embassy and also I can’t apply for my visa online due to don’t have the credit card. Would I be able to get a visa at the airport?
    Thank you,


  46. Posted by Vignesh on July 26, 2016 at 10:43

    Dr. Wolfgang,

    My wife eVisa to Kenya is still pending, can you advise me whether she can get VOA at Nairobi airport? and do I have to pay additional cost other than 51$ which I already paid in eVisa website?


  47. You are welcome. Hope all goes well on arrival in Nairobi and you can enjoy your stay.


  48. Posted by Glenn on July 27, 2016 at 20:11

    My wife and I are Leaving at the end of Sept for Nairobi for about 3 weeks. Visas still available at airport?


  49. Nice information.


  50. Posted by anish on August 21, 2016 at 21:48

    hello am from india . am i able to apply for a visa after reaching airport in nairobi


  51. Posted by Sadab on September 7, 2016 at 20:33

    Sir i am from india i want to go kenya for visit my friend sir tell me after applying how many days will take for tourist visa Confirmation


  52. Posted by Nalenee Ramlukan on September 14, 2016 at 15:37

    I am a Canadian citizen arriving in Nairobi in October 2016 can get a visitors visa on arrival at the airport. Thanks.


  53. Posted by Nalenee Ramluknan on September 14, 2016 at 16:40

    I am a Canadian citizen and will be arriving in Nairobi on Oct 15 2016. Will I be able to get a visitors visa upon arrival at the airport.


  54. Posted by Adam on September 14, 2016 at 21:03

    Hello, As a Slovak Republic citizen, am I able to travel to Kenya without e-visa and then, when i arrive, i can get visa for 50USD?
    Thanks for your time



  55. Dr. reading through all the comments and you replying to each is beyond understanding. You are a godsend. Be blessed immensely for this.


  56. Posted by Annemarie on September 27, 2016 at 15:51

    I have not been able to see anything on the transit visa. Yes I can see I can have a 3 days transit visa if I leave the airport etc. But what about a flight change and NOT leaving the airport and on to Zanzibar /Tanzania and on return the same? thank you.


    • If you are a connecting passenger, i.e. with an onward flight and not leaving the airport or changing airports, you require no transit visa. Those are for instance for travelers coming by road from Tanzania and then flying out of JKIA.
      Thanks for reading my blog.


      • Posted by Luis Restrepo on February 3, 2017 at 02:57

        I find interesting this answer, although it is not exactly our case. Our group will arrive to JKIA from Casablanca, Morocco, Then we have booked a safari program in Tanzania, going on the same day by land from Nairobi to Arusha, and crossing the border at Namanga. After 6 days, we will return by the same route to Nairobi, to follow on next day our trip toward Madagascar.

        Please, may you tell me what kind of visa we need? Is it enough a single entry one? Or do we need to get two visas?

      • If you only transit Kenya, i.e. leave directly off your flight
        and proceed to the border with Tanzania in Namanga, you can
        obtain a transit Visa for Kenya. After your journey through
        Tanzania – you obtain your Visa at the border – you can again
        on re-entry into Kenya get a transit Visa, proceed to Nairobi
        and the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and then fly out
        to Madagascar.
        Two transit Visa are cheaper than one main Visa though that would
        allow you to travel to Tanzania and back again on only one Visa,
        as part of Kenya’s modalities for visitors to the other
        countries of the East African Community.
        Enjoy your visit to East Africa, the scenery in Kenya while
        driving to the Tanzanian border and perhaps come back for a
        visit to Kenya proper.
        Thanks for reading my blog.

  57. Posted by Laura on September 30, 2016 at 04:52

    There are 4 of us traveling from the US as tourists and we leave in 3 days. I’m now nervous on whether I should take my chances of filling out the 4 e-Visas applications online and having them approved / received on a Friday or over the weekend. If I apply but it doesn’t come through before we leave, do we just take the application / information with us and still try to go through the e-visa line OR do we just take all required documents with us and go through the VOI line? Is this too big of a risk?

    I don’t want to mess anything up by applying online and then also applying in person in case it looks like we’re then requesting anything duplicate.

    Thanks for any help!


  58. There are 4 of us traveling from the US as tourists and we leave in 3 days. I’m now nervous on whether I should take my chances of filling out the 4 e-Visas applications online and having them approved / received on a Friday or over the weekend. If I apply but it doesn’t come through before we leave, do we just take the application / information with us and still try to go through the e-visa line OR do we just take all required documents with us and go through the VOI line? Is this too big of a risk?

    I don’t want to mess anything up by applying online and then also applying in person in case it looks like we’re then requesting anything duplicate.

    Thanks for any help!


  59. Posted by Yadanar Zan on October 25, 2016 at 15:09

    Hello ,
    After i have been looking for information of Kenya, I found your post is very helpful and in detailed. So can you help me with giving some info please? I am Myanmar (Burmese) Nationality and my husband is Swiss passport holder. We want to visit Kenya to kill our very long transit time.We will reach Nairobi airport on 27 of October,2016. yeah, very close. Do we need to get a visa just to go out for a night and if yes , how ? Visa on arrival is still possible or advanced e-Visa application ? May I know how much for each when we have different passport?

    Thanks a lot.


  60. Posted by Yadanar Zan on October 25, 2016 at 18:24

    Sure, I will try to do like your suggestion over there. thank you so much for the very quick reply and wishes. Have a good day 🙂


  61. Posted by Eric on November 5, 2016 at 14:30

    The grace-period has long been passed, but as I read, it seems still be possible to get a visa-on-arrival in both Nairobi and Mombasa. I am a Swiss-citizen, not-EU-member. Can you confirm, that I can still get a visa in Mombasa?
    Do the airlines know about that?
    Thank you for your interesting blog.


  62. Posted by Eric on November 6, 2016 at 12:14

    As I see that you know the situation there, I have another question on a different subject.
    “A vaccination against yellow-fever protects your whole life against the disease, but only 10 years against problems at immigration.”
    I have two documented vaccinations, from 1990 and 2000, and want to stop at Addis Abeba for a few days on the way. Will I have problems at the Kenya immigration?


    • I have over the past weeks been asked to show a yellow fever
      inoculation certificate some times and some times there was
      no one to ask. If you come from Europe and say so when asked
      that should suffice but then, I take nothing for granted when
      it comes to Kenyan immigration and airport staff.
      Latest rule from WHO is that a yellow fever inoculation lasts
      for a life time, but then, immigration is also supposed to
      accept Interstate Passes for travel from Uganda and they did
      not do that last time …
      Hence, after all is said and done, your guess how they react
      will be as good as mine.


      • Posted by Eric on November 6, 2016 at 13:43

        Okay, thank you. Then I will probably omit the stop in Ethiopia. I don’t want to take the risk being sent back from the immigration. Or it even might be possible that they don’t let me board in Addis Abeba. It’s really a pity that they destroy their tourism by such rules…

  63. Posted by md kamruzzaman on November 12, 2016 at 13:40

    dear sir, I am bangladeshi.can I apply for evisa?please answer me.thanks. md kamruzzaman.


  64. Posted by olaluwoye on December 8, 2016 at 00:37

    my name is Isreal I apply for evisa today on line, I want to go and spend my holiday in Kenya and have visit Kenya before,he will take like how many day to get my evisa thanks.


  65. Posted by Sue on January 6, 2017 at 19:53

    My friend in the States is having a terrible time with e-visa, maybe because she is coming to Kenya then going to Congo before going back home. But I believe that the visa upon arrival is still valid for citizens of the US. Is that correct?


  66. Posted by Zeinab on January 18, 2017 at 03:17

    Hi there, at the embassy in The Hague, they told me things got changed. I now have to apply online. I don’t have a credit card, unfortunately that’s the only way to pay.
    However, I got mixed feelings, some people say upon arrival they might send me back if I don’t have visa. 6 February I have my flight. What should I do? Take my chances or obtain a credit card and apply online. I have a little over 2 weeks, I am afraid that is too short in time… I am worried.
    Btw, I am from the Netherlands and Dutch national. It will be my third trip to Kenya.


    • As a Dutch citizen with an EU passport you
      are entitled to Visa on arrival which has been
      re-instated after the furore caused by Kenya’s
      unilateral decision to go all on line, which
      failed badly at the time.
      Enjoy your return to Kenya and thanks for
      reading my blog.


      • Posted by Zeinab on January 27, 2017 at 02:08

        Hi there, thank you kindly for answering.
        In the meantime I decided to get myself a credit card so I could apply for the visa. I applied 22 January, the form was quite understandable to me which is nice.
        It surprised me that I did not get a confirm email that I submitted the visa application. I just checked the the website and I am absolutely surprised.
        Under ‘approval’ I read issued. So it took me 4 days? I hoped to receive the visa within the two weeks I had but I never expected it to be this fast!

        I find it odd that I didnt receive any mail with this information. I had to ‘download’ the visa. Is it true that it is titled as Evisa and that you cant find any information about the duration or till when the visa is valid?

        So this evisa is sufficient and I can print it and present it to immigration?

      • Fingers crossed it will work and again, enjoy your visit to Kenya.

  67. Posted by abeshka on January 23, 2017 at 13:22

    Hey, thanks for this highly informative blog!

    Quick q’s about visa on arrival:

    1. You mentioned that visa on arrival is available both at the two major airports and at land border points. Do you know if Busia is one of those land border points, where visa on arrival is available?
    2. Apart from my yellow fever certificate, a passport and $50, do I need to bring any other papers with me in order to get visa on arrival?



  68. Tried the new Evisa web site for my trip to Kenya but was unable to make payment with my credit card. I tried a few other cards from family members, but every time I got payment declined. Eventually gave up and decided to go back to visa on arrival.

    Arrived Jan 27, 2017 at Nairobi, saw a new constructed immigration area at the airport since my last visit in 2015. They have a table with full size forms (although still got one of the small forms on the airplane just before arrival) and the lines went really fast. I noticed that a lot of people were still doing visa on arrival.

    My visa on arrival went smoothly, cost was still $50.

    Hardest part was actually checking in at USA for first leg of flight, travel clerk was convinced that I had to get an Evisa. She spent quarter of an hour on the phone to verify my claim that I could still get visa on arrival.


  69. Hi Great infos here,

    Can I get a business visa on arrival on an Australian passport?

    I am going very last minute and fear that the e-visa will take too long.

    Thank You


  70. Posted by varsani on March 22, 2017 at 00:51

    Can i pay for tourist VOA in pound sterling? I believe the cost is £30
    Im coming from the UK


  71. Posted by Priscilla Larsen on April 10, 2017 at 00:43

    thank you for all the info I have read today. Am taking a group of 18 to Kenya and didn’t want to find any surprises at the NBO airport!


  72. I have a group of visitors coming and out of the 6 one persons e-visa is still pending after more than ten days. As you can guess she is getting worried. She submitted using the same info as the others and all others got e-visa within the one week most in one day. What can I advise her to do. She has called Kenyan embassy, used the email contact. faxed all she can think of but no reply.

    If for some reason she can not get through to anyone or and get visa letter before she her flight can she get on VOA? Could she bring all printed info from e-visa and maybe get it worked out so she does not have to pay twice. Please advise.

    I have had nearly 40 or so visitors since the evisa began and this is my first problem.

    Please advise and thank you for your time.


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