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On March 31st 2014, The Governments of Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda announced the joint "East Africa Tourist Visa".
This new visa category was created to help promote tourist travel to these three countries. If you are traveling too all three or any combination of these countries you can apply for one visa to be valid for all three.
The East Africa Tourist visa will be valid for 90 days and good for multiple entries into any combination of the three countries, however the visa is only valid if you stay within the region (African Continent) if you leave the region the visa is no longer valid for a return to any of the three countries. You must apply for another visa before returning to Kenya, Uganda or Rwanda.
If you wish to apply for this visa you must apply with the first country you are entering into. If your first country is not Kenya please click on Uganda or Rwanda for instructions.
Please send TDS your current valid and signed passport. It must not expire within 6 months and must have at least one blank visa page. Foreign Embassies cannot issue a visa on a page not labeled as a Visa page. Amendment and Endorsement pages in the back of the passport cannot be used for issuance of a visa.
A visa cannot be stamped on a page even if only one Small Stamp is on the visa page. If you do not have any blank visa pages in your passport, TDS can assist you in applying for additional pages. If your passport expires within 6 months, you must renew your passport and then we will secure your visa with the new passport.
Please send 2 recent professional passport-type photographs.
Digital and non-passport photographs are not acceptable.
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Please send a copy of your round trip airline tickets, or itinerary or e-ticket, or letter of confirmation from a travel agent. The itinerary must show the applicant's name, date of arrival and departure from the country, and flight information. The Embassy does not recommend purchasing your ticket prior to a visa being issued.
You must complete and send an Authorization Letter addressed, "Attn: Embassy of Kenya" stating "I authorize Travel Document Systems to pick up my passport and to discuss the status of my application with the Embassy of Kenya Visa Section." . Click Here for the Authorization Letter. (print using the Print button on your browser)
Vaccinations - International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever required.
Complete and sign Two Application forms.
Visa Requirements, processing times, validity of the visa, and Embassy visa fees are subject to change without prior notice.
Fees charged by Travel Document Systems for our part in assisting you in obtaining
Once your visa order is complete, your documents will be returned to you via FedEx.
The below table outlines the possible costs associated with this service.
These are the fees charged by the foreign government for issuing a visa. Fees are
per person per visa.
You must complete the TDS Online Order Form.
The order form gives TDS your name, address, shipping information and payment method. Multiple applicants can be entered using one order form. You only need to complete one TDS order form per request. Please print two copies of the confirmation page. Include one copy with the documents you ship to TDS and keep one copy for your records.
While completing the online order form in this step, you will be asked how you want to pay TDS fees. You may pay our fees online with a credit card or enclose a personal or business check or money order.
Please forward the completed requirements to:
Local Phone Number: 202-638-3800
Urgent applications should be shipped to TDS using only the FedEx Company.
Please use FedEx Priority Overnight. Do NOT ship "First Overnight." This will delay
the delivery of your package.
By connecting on the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, the US State Department will be able to assist you better in the case of an emergency, such as if you lose your passport or it is stolen while you are abroad.