Visas can be obtained on arrival in Kenya, at the Embassy in Rome or online.


  1. With effect from 1st February 2016, children under the age of 16 years accompanying their parents to Kenya are exempted from paying visa fees. Do not submit an application or make any visa fees payment for a child under the age of 16 years.
  2. All payments made into the given Embassy account are non-refundable. Applicants are therefore advised to ensure that all application requirements are met and ample processing time considered before transferring the required fees.
  3. The possession of a visa for Kenya is not the final authority to enter Kenya. The Immigration Officer at the port of entry may refuse such a person permission to enter if he is satisfied that such a visitor is unable to fulfill the immigration requirements and that the entry and presence of such a visitor, in Kenya would be contrary to national interests even though such a person may be in possession of a valid visa for Kenya.
  4. Category 1:Nationals of countries exempted from obtaining Visas. Click List
  5. Category 2:Nationals of the following countries may be issued  with visas on application without reference to the Director of Immigration Click List
  6. Category 3:Nationals of these countries and categories of people who require a referred visa to enter Kenya Click List
  7. Yellow Fever Vaccination:The Embassy wishes to inform travellers who come from or transit through countries with risk of Yellow Fever that they will have to produce a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate upon arrival in Kenya. It is therefore advisable that travellers seek medical advice on the necessity of being vaccinated against Yellow Fever, if travelling or transiting from a prevalent country (click to see list of countries)


Online Visa application

Online visa application can be requested via www.ecitizen.go.ke

Visa applicants should register by clicking on "click here to register" and create an e-citizen account using their email addresses only.

Fraudulent E-Visa Application Website

The Embassy of Republic of Kenya In Rome wishes to alert all potential e-visa applicants to Kenya of the existence of a scam sitehttp://www.kenya-evisa-online.com  

The site which is designed in such a way that can be mistaken for the official Government of Kenya e-visa website, charges USD 120 for normal e-visa cases as opposed to the USD 51 charged by the Government of Kenya.

This is therefore to encourage prospective Kenya e-visa applicants to make their application through the official Government website http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html 

NOTE:  the Government of Kenya will not be responsible for any loss of monies or extra charges occasioned through the use of unofficial website(s).

For further enquiries contact the Embassy of Kenya in Rome.


Single Journey Visa

 Issued for single entry to persons whose nationalities require visa to enter Kenya either for business, tourism or medical reasons.

 A single entry visa is valid for 3 months before you travel. Present yourself to immigration control at the port of entry, you may be issued with a stay period not exceeding 90 days.

 Your stay period may be renewed for a further 90 days at the immigration headquarters in Nairobi. The maximum number of days a visitor may stay in Kenya is 6 months.


  1. Visa application form duly filled download form
  2. At least one Blank page in the holders passport.
  3. A Return ticket
  4. A clear passport size photograph.
  5. For NON-EU citizens a copy of the permesso di soggiorno (residence permit)
  6. For business visits: an invitation letters from company / Invitation letter for business visit(s)
  7. Family visits: an invitation letters from family and an identity card / Passport / Alien card / Entry permit of the host.
  8. Tourists: travel itinerary/details about places to visit if going for safari/Hotel bookings.
  9. A non-refundable €40 visa processing fee. An extra Euro 10 is charged in case the applicant wants to have the passport mailed to them.For payment click here


Visa processing time takes 2-3 working days.


Multiple Journey Visa (Only for frequent business trips)

Intended for business people who enter Kenya several times a year and is Valid for 6 months or one year.


  1. Letter of request from the applicant
  2. Three Visa Application Form N° 22 filled in English download form
  3. Three copies of the passport with validity of not less than 6 months.
  4. Copies of passport pages showing at least three visas and entry stamps of previous visits to Kenya issued to within a single year.
  5. Three recent passport size photos.
  6. Letter of invitation from the host company stating the purpose of visit.
  7. Letter from the employer in Italy/foreign company (In English) explaining scope of visit.
  8. A non-refundable fee of € 10.00 for each applicant payable only by bank transfer
  9. Successful applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable visa fee of € 80.00

 For payment click here


East Africa Tourist Visa: (EATV)

This is a joint multiple entries tourist visa that entitles holders to travel to and within the Republic of Kenya, Republic of Rwanda and Republic of Uganda for the purpose of tourism. The EATV has a validity of 90 days.


  1. Application letter addressed to the Ambassador.
  2. Passport or travel document valid for at least 6 months and must have 1 full blank page for endorsement of visa.
  3. One clear passport size photograph with a white background, taken without glasses, cap or scarf.
  4. Visa Application Form N° 22 filled in English download form
  5. € 80 non- refundable visa fee for non-referred visa applicants (refer to list of countries in our website)
  6. € 10 non- refundable application fee for citizens of countries which require referred visas for Kenya (refer to list of countries in our website).

For Payment


Transit Visa

This Visa is valid for 72 hours and is intended for visitors who leave the airport or seaport for the specific purpose of travelling to a third country (i.e. to await a connecting flight, to await boarding a cruise ship, or to travel overland to a neighbouring country).


Holders of a Transit Visa MUST leave Kenya before the expiry date of the visa.


  1. Valid travel document with a residual validity of at least six months.
  2. Visa Application Form N° 22 duly filled download form
  3. At least One Blank page in the holder’s passport.
  4. An onward ticket
  5. € 20 non- refundable visa fee For payment click here
  6. Visa processing time takes 2-3 working days.

Courtesy Visa

This is a visa issued to Diplomatic, Official and Service passport holders coming into the country on official duties, or transiting through Kenya to a third country for official business or duties. It is issued free of charge/ gratis.


  1. Visa Application Form N° 22 duly filled download form
  2. Service, Official and diplomatic passport with a residual validity of at least six months.
  3. Must hold an official letter from the country of origin/ organization/ foreign affairs.
  4. At least One Blank page in the holder’s passport.
  5. Spouses and children accompanying Diplomatic, Service or Official passport holders on duty, but travelling on ordinary passports do not qualify for courtesy visa whether on transit, business or holiday.
  6. An onward ticket or a boarding pass for passengers on transit.
  7. In cases of applicants who fall under Category 3 of the Visa regime / Regulations, the Kenyan visa regulations must apply whether on transit or official business.

 Visa processing time takes 2-3 working days.


Referred Visa

Holders of any Travel Documents/Certificates of Identity and Category 3 nationals shall have their visa applications referred to the Director of Immigration Services, Nairobi for approval.


  1. Letter of request from the applicant
  2. Three Visa Application Form N° 22 duly filled download form
  3. Three clear passport size photographs.
  4. Clear of copy of Passport/Travel document (Bio-data page) which must be valid for at least six months on proposed date of entry.
  5. Introduction letter from Employer where applicable
  6. Clear copy of resident permits.
  7. Host’s copy of ID or Passport if visiting an individual. If host is non-Kenyan copy of their resident permit will also be required.
  8. € 10 non- refundable application fee.
  9. Letter of invitation from host in Kenya explaining relationship between host and applicant and signed by the host (invitations by email which are usually not signed are unacceptable). Details of the host should be clearly stated both in the invitation letter and in the Form 22
  • Names
  • Postal address including postal code
  • Residential/Physical address
  • Telephone/cell phone numbers
  • E-mail address

For payment click here 

N.B: All the above documents should be forwarded in triplicate copies.

Processing time takes at least eight weeks.


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