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Kenya will no longer issue visas on arrival

Visitors coming to Kenya will now be required to purchase visas online in advance before travelling.

The immigration department is set to roll out significant changes in the visa application process from September 1, 2015.

Visitors from outside the East Africa Community will be asked to produce a printed copy of the e-visa upon reaching Kenya.

Those with no printed copy of the visa will be denied entry.

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

Visa applications are currently being approved within 24 hours. However, efforts are being made to cater for “last-minute” travelers to allow an instant ‘real time’ approval process.

Visitors can apply for their e-visa via

The website is mobile phone-enabled and visitors can complete the application from an internet-enabled mobile phone.

The system also accepts photos taken and uploaded from a mobile phone.

The website is currently only in English although versions in other languages are on the pipeline.

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

An e-visa will be valid for 90 days from the date of approval and not from the date of arrival in Kenya.