Visa applicants must apply online

24 Jun 15



What is the change? Beginning July 1, all foreign visitors who require a visa to enter Kenya must apply online.

What does the change mean? Applicants will be issued an electronic visa to print out and present upon entry. Visa renewals will continue to be handled in-country by the Department of Immigration Services.

  • Implementation time frame: July 1.
  • Visas/permits affected: Business and visitor visas.
  • Who is affected: Foreign nationals who require a visa to enter Kenya.
  • Impact on processing times: The online process should help streamline procedures and improve processing times.
  • Business impact: Business travelers should be aware that activities are strictly limited on a business visa; those engaging in work activities must apply for a work permit.

Background: Visa applications must be submitted on the government’s eCitizen portal, and e-visas will be issued via email. The Department of Immigration Services reminds applicants that while a printed e-visa will be required for entry at the border, it does not guarantee entry into Kenya. Further, issuance of a visa is not an authorization to engage in employment without the appropriate permit.

BAL Analysis: Visa nationals must have an e-visa printout and cannot avail themselves of visas on arrival. At the point of entry, a DIS officer will review the traveler’s printout and affix the entry stamp indicating the approved duration of stay.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Kenya. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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