Nigerians who wish to visit Kenya for business, tourism, education, job opportunities etc. need to apply for the country’s visa through the right procedure.
Kenya has one of the most robust economies in the whole of East Africa, and its capital city, Nairobi, is a popular tourism destination with several attractions and beautiful collection of wildlife.
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Types of Kenya Visa
The following are different categories of Kenya visas according to the travel plans of the applicant. These include:
1. Single or Ordinary Entry Visa
This category of visa is issued to individuals who need visas to enter Kenya either for business, tourism or medical treatment.
The single or ordinary entry visa is valid for only three months, after which you will need to reapply for another visa.
The stay period for this type of visa is 90 days; and after the 90 days are expired you will need to renew it for another 90 days at the immigration headquarters in Nairobi.
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2. Transit Visa
This category of visa is issued to persons who intend to travel through Kenya to another location for a period not exceeding 72 hours (3 days).
3. Courtesy Visa
Courtesy visa is given to service passport holders and diplomatic officials who travel to Kenya for official duties, or who transit through Kenya to a third country for official business or duties. The visa is granted free of charge to individuals who need it.
4. Multiple Journeys Visa
This is given to persons who have to make frequent visits to Kenya for some important reason(s). The multiple journeys visa is valid for six months to one year.
5. Kenya Visa Requirements
Coming into Kenya depends on the credibility of your visa documents; and your purpose of traveling needs to be made known.
Immigrants who are banned from entering Kenya are persons who fail to obey the instruction of the immigrations ACT to undergo medical tests, individuals with serious health challenges, and ex-convicts or persons whose entry into Kenya pose a threat to the inhabitants of the country.
Qualified persons would need the following documents:
a. A valid Nigerian passport, with a validity of at least six (6) months and at least a free page for the visa stamp.
b. Photocopies of the Nigerian Passport clearly displaying the applicant’s passport number, picture and bio-data pages.
c. A properly filled and signed Form 22 – the Kenyan application visa form.
d. Two (2) recently taken passport size photographs of the applicant
e. Visa Processing fees.
f. Proof of financial ability
g. Proof of vaccination against Yellow Fever and Cholera.
h. Letter of Introduction
i. Marriage certificate
j. Children birth certificate (if any)
k. Six-months bank statement
l. Proof of ownership
m. Family pictures
n. Tax clearance
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Step-by-step guide to Apply for Kenya Visa
Step 1: Visit www.ecitizen.go.ke and click register.
Step 2: Create an account as a visitor by clicking on e-Visa visitor.
Step 3: Create a visitor account and fill all your information correctly
Step 4: Confirm your email and continue application.
Step 5: Select Department of Immigration services and submit.
Step 6: Select the type of visa you want and fill the application form properly.
Step 7: Use your Master card, Visa card, or any other credit/debit card to pay your visa fee online.
Step 8: An approval mail will be sent to you; ensure that you download and print the e-Visa from your account.
Step 9: Make sure you have both the hard copy and the soft copy of e-Visa to present it to immigration officers at the port of entry to Kenya.
Kenya Visa Processing Time
E-visa application processing can take from 2 to 7 working days depending on the type of Kenya visa you applied for.
Before stamped visas are granted, you will be required to show downloaded e-Visa at point of entry.
Kenya Visa Fee
The amount of money an applicant is required to pay for processing a Kenya visa is N45, 000.
Kenya Visa Validity
Kenya visa can be valid for 90 days.
Conditions for Passport
Passport photograph is required to be on white background.
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Consulate of Kenya in Nigeria
UBA Building, First Floor,
No. 22B Idowu Taylor Street,
High Commission Office, Abuja
No. 357, Diplomatic Drive,
Central Business District,
Where to Get a Kenya Visa Application Form
The Kenya visa application form can be obtained and filled online through the Kenyan e-Visa website. Time has gone when you would have to do it manually
Where to Collect Kenyan Visa upon Approval
Kenyan visas are usually issued upon arrival at the international ports of entry. However, the Kenyan Immigration’s new policy expects that visitors obtain their visas online.
Once the application process is concluded, if the visa request is approved, a mail would be sent to the applicant, and then the visa can be downloaded and printed out.
Country Nationals that do not require Visa to Gain Entry into Kenya
There are some countries that do not need visa to enter Kenya. The citizens of these countries do not need a Kenya visa when traveling into the country.
They include citizens from countries like Uruguay, Turkey, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Mauritius, Cyprus, etc.
Country Nationals that Require Visa to Kenya
If you are not a citizen of the above-listed countries and you wish to gain entry into the Kenya region, you must obtain a visa to enable you to do so.
All the applications from the Nationals of Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Senegal, Somalia, Stateless Persons, Tajikistan, etc. are to be directed to Nairobi for necessary approval.
The valid time needed to issue and process all Kenyan visa applications is usually 7 business days. But if you want rush service, you may have to pay extra for that.
The above article has enough supply of information needed for your Kenya visa application.
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