Kenya adopts e-visa regime; stops issue of document on arrival

Posted: August 27, 2015 in general

ataKenya has announced important changes to the visa application process to the country expected to take effect on September 1, 2015.

According to the new regulation, intending visitors travelling to Kenya, who were previously eligible to purchase a visa on arrival, will now be required to purchase a visa online in advance of travel. The passengers will be asked to produce a printed copy of the E-Visa upon check-in.

If they do not have the required visa, they will not be permitted to travel.

Travellers can apply for their E-Visa via http://www.evisa.go.ke . The website is mobile phone-enabled which means the visitors can complete the application from an internet-enabled mobile phone. The system also accepts photos taken and uploaded from a mobile phone.

Please note, the website is currently only offered in English although other language versions are being planned.

Alternatively, travellers can also contact nearest Kenyan Embassy/High Commission/Consulate.

Travel agents or tour operators will be able to register and make visa applications on their clients’ behalf.

Applications are currently being approved within 24 hrs. However, efforts are being made to cater for “last-minute” travellers to allow an instant ‘real time’ approval process. E-Visa will be valid for 90 days from the date of approval and not from the date of arrival in Kenya.

Visitors should therefore ensure the visa will still be valid at the time of travel.

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