Who requires a visa to enter the Republic of Kenya?

A citizen of a foreign country, wishing to enter the Republic of Kenya, generally must first obtain an e-Visa via

The Government Of Kenya has waived visa fees for all children aged 16 years and below who are accompanying their parents to Kenya. Effective Date 1st February 2016.

Persons who are not citizens of Kenya may apply for various types of visas in order to be considered for entry depending on prevailing visa regulations.

Some nationalities may not require visas to enter Kenya depending on existing bilateral agreements. The reasons for entry may include business, family visits, visit to friends, holiday, tourism, settlement, work including voluntary work, conferences/meetings, sports, medical reasons, studies, religious reasons, cultural exchanges, etc.

In each case, the applicant should ask for the requisite visa as spelt in the prevailing visa regulations which undergo revision from time to time as such applicants should seek the latest information regarding specific cases (see the latest version of the visa regulations).

Holders of all types of visas for entry to Kenya are not allowed recourse to work, engagement in paid or voluntary employment or the use of public funds during the period of their stay without first obtaining the necessary licences and work permit from the Department of Immigration Services, actions that are punishable by law and may lead to removal.


  1. Visa applications from nationals of the following countries may be made directly to the office of the Director of Immigration Services in Nairobi. Applications may be received at the Mission (by appointment only) before being referred to the Director of Immigration Services in Nairobi for approval:
Afghanistan Tajikistan North Korea Syria
Armenia Iraq Palestine Somalia
Azerbaijan Lebanon


  1. Applications received from Stateless persons (holders of refugee travel documents) are also referred to the Director of Immigration Services in Nairobi. Referred visa applications are by appointment only, as the applicant has to be interviewed by the Mission Visa Approving Committee, which will formulate a recommendation for the Director of Immigration Services. The interview shall be conducted in the English or Kiswahili languages.