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Published on January 05 2024
Written by: yourafricansafari.com
Kenya's new Electronic Travel Authorization system (eTA) is now in effect, as of 5 January.
Kenya Citizens are exempt from the eTA.
Citizens of EAC partner states are exempt from the eTA.
Applicants need a passport valid for at least six months after planned arrival, with a blank page.
Standard processing time is three working days.
Accepted payment methods: credit card, debit card, Apple Pay, or other means.
For children under the age of 18, the legal guardian, parent or accompanying adult is responsible for filling in the application
Families are highly encouraged to apply as a group
The eTA is only valid for one trip. Travelers must obtain a new eTA for each visit to Kenya.
The government of Kenya has replaced its visa system with a new, semi-automated Electronic Travel Authorization system (eTA), effective 1 January 2024. Airline carriers arriving in Kenya are now prohibited from allowing passengers without a valid eTA to board. Passengers, regardless of nationality, will no longer need to fill out paper forms on the plane or at arrival.
According to the official Kenyan government website, the application process takes around three business days to complete. The website also states that there is a priority service for those needing the eTA in under three days, but no further information is provided. Travelers are encouraged to apply as early as three months prior to their arrival in Kenya. It's important that the holiday be booked prior to applying for the eTA, as the application requires booking confirmation details and will be rejected if these are not provided.
Unless you are a citizen of Kenya or another East African Community (EAC) partner state, you are required to apply for the eTA prior to your arrival in Kenya. Travelers can submit their applications via the Republic of Kenya official government website. Applications currently cost $30 USD.
The government website is easy to use and the application process is straightforward. Applicants have the option to upload a page from their passport to use their webcam to snap a photo on the fly.
The East African Tourist Visa allows travel between Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda for up to 90 days. The cost is currently $100 USD. Kenya's Electronic Travel Authorization will need to be purchased, in addition to the East African Tourist Visa, for all travelers visiting Kenya.
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