Kenya is a colorful patchwork of internationally-acclaimed national parks with massive populations of wildlife, magnificent beaches, dense forests and tropical mountains. Keep reading our blog to find the vital details regarding the procedures, requirements, duration of obtaining a Kenya visa from UAE and so much more.
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:
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.
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.
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 visa type is suitable for tourists visiting Kenya for holiday and leisure purposes.
This is suitable for entrepreneurs, investors and other business people who wish to visit Kenya for business, investment or trade purposes.
Family visit visa
This visa type is suitable for individuals visiting family members, close relatives or friends living in Kenya.
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.
The necessary documents for a successful Kenya Visa application from UAE are:
with 2 (minimum) blank pages (the passport should not be more than 10 years old and must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of scheduled return)
the letter should mention the individual’s designation, monthly salary, beginning of employment and a no objection statement with the original company stamp
Residence visa with minimum validity of 3 months from date of scheduled return.
Valid Emirates ID
1 passport size color photographs in white background
Invitation Letter if invited by someone from Kenya.
3 months bank statement (original or stamped by bank)
Confirmed hotel reservation
Travel insurance covering the duration of travel
Confirmed return Flight ticket
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?
The documents and the payment will be collected from you.
The visa application form will be typed, and the supporting documents will be checked to see for any imperfections or any lacking details.
Appointment with the embassy of Kenya to submit documents and biometric tests to be performed.
Visa processing in embassy can take from 7 to 10 working days.
Passport can be collected after visa completion.
How long will my visa process take?
It may take anywhere between 7 to 10 working days after the application is handed over to the embassy for short nationalities.
Can I apply for a visa even though my passport is older than 10 years?
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.
Do children below the age of 18 need to be accompanied by parents?
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.
Can the visa fee be refunded in case of rejection?
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.
What if visa got delayed due to 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.
Is insurance a compulsory requirement to get a Kenya visa?
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.
Is Hotel booking required?
Yes, a confirmed hotel reservation is one of the major criteria for a visa application, without which your visa will not be processed.