Whether visiting, working, investing in or moving to Kenya, there is some paperwork and fees. The process is quite standard with straightforward guidelines and fee structures, but with payments and regulations that vary based on country of origin and reason for the visa or immigration.
With the threat of global terrorism and kidnapping of foreigners by terrorists on Kenyan soil, especially near the Somali border, in the Garissa District, and on coastal areas north of Pate Island, entry into Kenya by foreigners is strictly regulated. Check with the Kenyan embassy in your country for travel advisories.
Points of entry into Kenya
Strategically located, Kenya allows entry into its borders by roads from the neighboring countries of Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia, by sea through the Indian Ocean, and by air through its international airports, Moi International Airport and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. See Kenyan transportation information article for more information.
Visa requirements for Kenya
Every foreigner intending to enter Kenya for various reasons must meet certain conditions:
Depending on which country you come from, you may need a visa to enter Kenya.
Citizens from neighboring east-African countries are not mandated to have a visa, they simply use visitor pass from the immigration unit at the airport or border points.
There are two ways of obtaining Kenyan visas:
Irrespective of the kind of visit you intend to make, there are two primary visa options:
Both options require you to present specific documents:
Work and Resident Permits
If you intend to work and live in Kenya, you are required to have advance work and residence permits respectively, which are often difficult to obtain in good time.
Working or living in Kenya, in any sector and at whatever capacity, without a permit is illegal.
You may need to get a Yellow Fever jab especially if you are coming from nations with high risk of transmitting Yellow Fever.
To obtain more information about the visa and immigration procedures and laws, or for travel advisories, please visit the embassy website for Kenya in your country. Additional information, such as price lists and entry points, can be found on Kenya’s Immigration Department website, http://www.immigration.go.ke. Immigration and Visas for Kenya.
Author : James E Harrison
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