Any U.S. citizen who will be traveling to Kenya needs a Kenya visa. You can either obtain your travel visa before your trip or you can get one when you arrive. If you get your visa at the airport when you arrive in Kenya, you should expect delays upon arrival.
In order to secure a visa, you will be required to provide a variety of information, including proof you are a U.S. citizen; biographical information about yourself; the purpose of your travel; and proof of return from Kenya.
Specifically, you must submit the following when you apply: A U.S. passport that is valid for at least six months after you are scheduled to return from Kenya and has at least two blank visa pages A completed Kenya visa application form. It is critical that your application form be completed properly. Inaccurate or incomplete applications will not be processed, delaying the issuance of your visa and potentially your travel plans. A copy of your itinerary or a letter from your travel agent that shows when you are scheduled to return from Kenya Two passport size photos All applicable visa fees Business letter. If you are applying for a business visa, you must provide a letter from your employer on company letterhead explaining the purpose of your visit, the type of visa you need and guaranteeing sufficient funds for your travel. NOTE: A business visa does not allow you to work in Kenya. If you want to work in Kenya, you must get permission from the Director of Immigration Services in Nairobi.
For the most up to date Kenya visa requirements, visit the website of the Embassy of the Republic of Kenya.
Payment Effective July 1, 2011, the cost of a single entry visa is $50, while a multiple entry visa is $100. The fee for a transit visa is $20. The cost is the same regardless of whether you obtain your visa at the airport when you arrive in Kenya or secure it before your arrival. Acceptable forms of payment include a cashier’s check or money order made payable to “Embassy of the Republic of Kenya.” You should send the exact amount only. There are no refunds for overpayment.
Submitting Your Application
All Kenya visa application forms must be completed online. Application forms that are not filled out online will not be processed. After you have completed your application, sign and date it. Mail your application form along with all of the required supporting documentation and a self-addressed stamped return courier envelope for FedEx, Express Mail, Certified Mail or Priority Mail with delivery confirmation to the Kenyan Embassy or Consulate.
Visa applications are processed with 14 days of being received. You can check the status of your application online at the Kenyan Embassy website at any time. Please take into account the time it will take for your application to be received and the time it will take for your visa to be mailed to you after it has been issued. Your passport will also be mailed to you when your Kenya visa is issued.
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