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STEP 1: Pre-arrival or on-arrival visa

Skim through the list of countries mentioned below to check if you are eligible for an ‘on-arrival visa’ or a ‘pre-arrival visa’. If your country is in the list or you hold a passport originating from any of the countries mentioned below then you are eligible for an ‘on-arrival visa’.

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90 Days on-arrival Visa

If your passport belongs to any of the countries listed below then you are eligible for a 90 day stay in Kenya that will be stamped at the airport or any other ports of entry in Kenya. The countries are:

  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Botswana
  • Brunei
  • Cyprus
  • Darussalam
  • Dominica
  • Ethiopia
  • Fiji
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Jamaica
  • Kiribati
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia (For less than 30 days stay)
  • Maldives
  • Mauritius
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Rwanda
  • St Kitts & Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa (For less than 30 days stay)
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Vanuatu
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

30 Days On-arrival Visa

If your passport belongs to the country mentioned below then you are eligible for a 30 day stay in Kenya.

Pre-arrival Visa

If your country is not listed under any heading above, then you are unfortunately not eligible for an on-arrival visa. You will have to apply for a pre-arrival Kenya visa from UAE.

STEP 2: Type of Pre-arrival visit visa (short term)

If you are a UAE national or an individual holding a passport of any country mentioned above but residing in the UAE, then yahoo you are eligible for a Schengen on-arrival visa. You don't have to go through any procedures prior to your travel. Your visa will be stamped in your passport at the airport or any other entry ports to any of the 26 Schengen states.

How many days stay is allowed with a Schengen on-arrival visa?

Kenyan pre-arrival visas fall into three categories. They are:

This is suitable for entrepreneurs, investors and other business people who wish to visit Kenya for business, investment or trade purposes.

This visa type is suitable for tourists visiting Kenya for holiday and leisure purposes.

This visa type is suitable for individuals visiting family members, close relatives or friends living in Kenya.

  1. Business
  2. Tourism
  3. Family visit visa

STEP 3: Kenya Pre-arrival visa price

The cost of a Schengen visa might vary slightly depending on your age and the type of visa you are applying for. The visa fee is compulsory and cannot be refunded under any cost, even if the visa has been rejected. Along with the visa fee an additional charge of AED 150 is charged as service charge for the visa assistance.

 

STEP 4: Procedure and Processing Duration

What is the processing duration for a Kenya visa from UAE?

The processing of visa will take anywhere between 07 and 10 working days.

What is the procedure for a Kenya visa from UAE?

  1. 1. The documents and the payment will be collected from you.
  2. 2. The visa application form will be typed, and the supporting documents will be checked to see for any imperfections or any lacking details.
  3. 3. Appointment with the embassy of Kenya to submit documents and biometric tests to be performed.
  4. 4. Visa processing in embassy can take from 7 to 10 working days.
  5. 5. Passport can be collected after visa completion.

STEP 5: Supporting Documents

The necessary documents for a successful Kenya Visa application from UAE are:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

It may take anywhere between 7 to 10 working days after the application is handed over to the embassy for short nationalities.

Yes, children below 18 years must be accompanied by their parents or elders. However, if the child has a NOC letter from both parents in which they state their approval of the child travelling without them, the child can travel. This must be attached to the passport copy and submitted with the child’s visa application to the Kenyan Embassy.

No, you cannot apply for a Kenya visa with a passport which is older than 10 years because the embassy will not be able to enter it in their systems.

No, the visa fee is non-refundable in the situation of rejection because granting the visa is solely on the discretion of the Kenyan embassy.

You can call the embassy number listed in the receipt you got when submitting your visa documents and enquire if they need any additional documents.

Yes, travel insurance is compulsory as it is a major safety measure to cover any costs in case of any natural disasters or sudden injuries that may occur during your trip to Kenya.

Yes, a confirmed hotel reservation is one of the major criteria for a visa application, without which your visa will not be processed.

 

Things to do in Kenya

1. Try a city Safari

Would you believe me if I said that you can spot the famous “big 5’ African safari animals and so many other wild animals in the backyard of Nairobi city? Well, good for you it's true! Nairobi National Park is a mere 7 kilometers away from the city Centre. The park boasts of the world’s largest black rhino population as well as numerous picnic spots that is ideal for a picnic with nature.

2. Admire views far beyond

The rift valley, although regarded as a scar in the geographical system, it is a benchmark of African scenery; spectacular lakes, verdant savannahs and thriving flora. Its wide plains and steep drop offs give way to breathtaking scenery and has been a trekking trail for many thousand years. If the day is clear you can see all the way up until Tanzania.

3. Adopt an elephant

Aren’t baby elephants cute? If you are an animal enthusiast or simply adore elephants, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust lets you adopt an elephant and keeps you updated about every milestone of its life. The trust is a rehabilitation Centre for orphan rhinos and elephants that have been victims of poaching and other wildlife conflicts. Observe over 150 elephants being fed with super-size feeding bottles and going on about their daily tasks.

4. Jog it off in Karura Forest

Nairobi is a hive of pole pole (slow slow in Swahili) hubbub. Escape all that din and head to Karura Forest for a reboot. Early mornings are the best time to visit to beat the hordes of crowd. Perched on top of a million-year-old volcanic rock bed, the forest is home to many native animals like the bush buck. While in the forest you can also cool of at the picturesque waterfalls or stroll through the Mau caves.

5. Embrace the Swahili beach vibe

The beach is not usually synonymous to Kenya, but it is one of the finer features of this African Land. Powder-white sand, relax-on-the-hammock ambience and perfect water temperatures will draw you to the Kenyan beaches like a magnet. These alluring stretches of water and sand like Malindi and Diani beach, to name a few, are best places to experience Swahili food, culture and architecture.