Kenya Tourist Visa Requirements

These requirements are applicable for US Citizens applying at the Los Angeles Office

The Kenyan Government issues two types of visas, an e-Visa (electronic visa) and a traditional visa stamped into your passport.

Traveldocs recommends applying for an e-Visa if you only require a single entry visa for Kenya, if a multiple entry visa is required please apply for the traditional stamped visa.

The e-Visa is valid for a single entry only, good for 90 days from date of issue for stay up to 90 days extendable for up to an additional 90 days while in country. Very easy to apply for does not required sending your physical passport to traveldocs, can be issued in as little as 24 hours (Monday - Friday) cost effective option.

Traditional Visa valid for multiple entries into Kenya good for 6 months to 5 Years from date of issue for stay up to 90 days extendable for up to an additional 90 days while in country. This option requires your physical passport and supporting documents to be sent to traveldocs for submission to the Kenyan Consulate for processing, although slightly more complicated and expensive to apply for this option is best if you require more than one entry into Kenyan as part of your intineary and or you may return to Kenya with 6 months.

Minors aged 16 and under do not require a visa to enter Kenya.

Please send TDS your current valid and signed passport. It must not expire within 6 months and must have at least two blank visa pages. 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 non-passport type computer generated 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)

 

 

TIP, In June 2009 the Kenyan Embassy introduced an online based visa application. This replaces the earlier hand written applications.

Please note when you click on the link above scroll to the bottom of the instruction page click "Continue with Online Application".

Complete the online application then Download Print and Sign the application. Please continue with TDS instructions.

 

Kenya offers a 5 year multiple entry visa option, at this time TDS is unable to assist in processing this visa type due to the visa processing time frame of 1-6 months.
The Kenyan embassy asks for 15-20 business days to process a 5 year visa, however the processing option often goes way beyond 15-20 days often as much as 6 months.
If or when the visa is denied or the applicant decides not to continue the process the visa consular fee will not be refunded by the embassy.
 
For these reasons TDS is no longer able to assist in processing this visa type.
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Although vaccination certificate is not required for visa issuance, check with physician or local health clinic for vaccination requirements and recommendations.

Passport must have at least six months remaining validity and contain at least one blank visa page for visa to be issued. TDS can assist with obtaining U.S. Passports, whether new issue, renewal, or obtaining additional visa pages for a valid passport.

 

TravelDocs Service Fees

Fees charged by Travel Document Systems for our part in assisting you in obtaining your visa.

TypePriceProcessing Time
Regular$89.005-7 Business Days
Rush$120.002-3 Business Days

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.

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Continental USA Only Price
Next Business Day - up to 3 passports $32.00
Next Business Day - 4 or more passports $33.00
Saturday Delivery $41.00
Alaska, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, USVI Price
Next Day Letter (No Saturday Delivery) $39.00
International Price
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Consular Fees

These are the fees charged by the foreign government for issuing a visa. Fees are per person per visa.

Type Entry Price Period of stay Validity Processing Time
Regular Single $55.00 30 Days 6 Months 5-7 Business Days
Rush Single $75.00 30 Days 6 Months 2-3 Business Days
           
Regular Multiple $105.00 90 Days 6 Months 5-7 Business Days
Rush Multiple $125.00 90 Days 6 Months 2-3 Business Days
Note: All consular fees above include a $5 check writing fee.




TDS Order Form

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.

We accept American Express, MasterCard, Visa and Discover

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Ship Your Documents

Please forward the completed requirements to:

Travel Document Systems, Inc.
5455 Wilshire Blvd
Suite 2105
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Local Phone Number: 323-330-0346

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.

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Travel Document Systems, Inc. (TDS) is a leading visa and passport processing agency. For over 30 years we have served travel professionals, tour operators, and cruise lines, as well as corporate and individual international travelers. TDS specializes in travel that involves visas for more than one country.