Almost all visitors to Kenya require visas to enter the country and the Ordinary Single Journey visas (US$50/€40/UK£30) are valid for only 90 days from the date of issue (not the date you enter Kenya). Visitors must enter Kenya before the expiry date of the visa and the visa is invalidated upon exit from the country. Although Ordinary Single Journey visas can be obtained on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, guests to Kenya are advised to consult with Kenyan missions in their country of residence before travelling to enter Kenya.
Entry requirements vary from country to country. Whether you are travelling to new and exciting areas or revisiting already explored regions, it is vital that you are prepared for your journey.
Valid passports or other travel documents acceptable to the Government of Kenya are required for all persons other than Kenya citizens wishing to enter Kenya. Travellers to Kenya should ensure that the validity of their passports is at least six months beyond the end of their intended stay. Kenyan immigration authorities require a minimum of one blank (unstamped) visa page in the passport to enter the country. If a traveller intends to leave the airport or pass through immigration, a visa is required. Effective 1st July 2011, most travellers including minor children (persons aged 16 years and below – who were previously exempted from visa payment and other formalities) require a valid visa to travel to Kenya. Whilst entry point passes for children are available for some citizens and passport holders, it is wise to obtain valid entry visas well in advance. Parents of minors who opt to obtain entry point visitor's passes will be issued with Single Journey visas and may encounter delays upon arrival.
By early 2014, tourists visiting three East Africa Community (EAC) countries (Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda) will pay for only one visa. The visa will grant tourists access to these three EAC countries without having to pay additional fees at the border. The fee will be paid in whichever of the three countries the tourist enters. The tourists will have the liberty to move freely within the partner states using the three-in-one visa. Local tourists of the three EAC countries will certainly enjoy the privilege of simply using their local identity cards to traverse the borders.