The republic of Kenya is located in the Eastern part of Africa with great and awesome diversity in its geography.
The Kenyan geographic beauty is comprised of various rivers, lakes, valley, like the Indian Ocean which cuts across the nation, Tana river, lake Turkana, Kenyan rift valley, mountains and different breeds and species of wildlife along side favorable climatic conditions, and a growing economy. These has made lots of foreigners and tourists want to pick up the Kenyan e-visa in order to enjoy these beautiful sight.
The republic of Kenya has recently in the year 2016 on the 1st of July, approved and implemented the Kenyan electronic visa to nationals from other countries who wish to come into the county for one reason or another, as a mandatory document in order allow them entry into the country.
However, there are nationals of other countries who do not require this document, the Kenyan visa, in order to enter this country, of which Nigerians are not part of. Therefore, as a Nigerian, who wish to visit Kenya, you will require the Kenyan e-visa as a means of passage into this Eastern African country.
Do not panic as this article will guide you on the necessary and easy steps you will take in traveling to Kenya from Nigeria and also the process involved in acquiring this visa.
Kenyan visa types
It is ideal for every nation to have their different types of visa that covers for different travel trips, just like the Canadian visa and others.
Here, are the categories of the available Kenyan visas intending applicants should look forward to acquire, based on their travel purpose before considering taking a trip to Kenya.
1. Ordinary visa
This type of Kenyan visa is issued to people on business, tourism, medical issues, and exhibition grounds either on a single or multiple entry permit. Individuals whose citizenship need visa application before entering Kenya are eligible to pick up this permit.
This visa type can last for 90 days for single entry and a year for multiple entry. It is therefore, required that this visa is renewed upon expiration, when ever you intend to visit Kenya.
2. Courtesy visa
This type of visa is issued to officials or diplomats of a country who doesn’t share mutuality with Kenya. Official personnels, from other countries are required to hold this permit in order to be granted entry into Kenya to carry out official duties within the duration of time allowed.
3. Transit visa
The Kenyan transit visa, just like any other transit permit, allows foreigners to sojourn through Kenya to their final destination. This individual is allowed passage for a period of 72 hours usually. It means the visa covers him for just a period of 3 days while still in Kenya.
Cost of Kenya visa
The Kenyan visa fee varies with the type of the visa an applicant is seeking to acquire. However, the visa fee is payable online through any of the debit cards like visa cards, Master card etc.
Kenyan visa fee
Cost in USD
Location of Kenyan embassy in Nigeria
There are two locations of Kenyan embassy in Nigeria and their addresses are:
- Kenyan consulate Lagos; first floor, UBA building, 22b, Idowu Taylor Street, VI, Lagos. Nigeria.
- Kenyan embassy in Abuja; 357,diplomatic drive, Central Business District, Abuja.
Kenya visa requirements
Every visa requires their own unique documents for application. However, there are general requirements that must be met by any individual for any visa type. They include;
- A valid Nigeria international passport with a validity of at least 180 days (6 months) and at least two blank, unused pages for visa stamp.
- Properly and neatly filled out Kenyan visa application form.
- Two recent copies of your passport photographs, meeting the embassy requirement.
- Bank statement for financial capability of the applicant.
- Photocopies is your international passport showing your picture, passport number and bio-data pages.
- Visa fee or proof of transaction.
- Travel itinerary and reservations.
- Health status showing you are fit to travel.
Documents like birth certificate, your national ID and some other requirements might be needed depending on the type of visa you are seeking.
Note that persons with the issue(s) listed below might have their visa application rejected.
- Persons with criminal record. Since they pose as threat to the citizens of this nation.
- Persons with serious health and rare health issue (only on exceptional cases)
- People who failed to supply matching information of themselves as recommended by the consulate.
How To apply for Kenyan visa online
Here is the step by step guide on how to apply for your Kenya visa online.
- Log into the Kenya e-visa portal online, create an account and proceed to register as a visitor.
- While online, select department of immigration services, make an application and click on apply now.
- Fill out the form displayed appropriately and submit your application.
- Make payment with your choice card in dollar or currency stated, and wait for an email showing approval for application.
- Once you get the mail, download and print the visa from your account.
- Then submit your printed visa to the available immigration officer working at the international port of entry.
Kenya visa processing duration
It takes two working days for the Kenya e-visa to be processed. Like stated earlier, once the visa is approved, a mail will be sent to your inbox, from where you will print it out and present it to immigration officer at the Port of entry in Kenya.
Where to collect your Kenya visa once its approved
Kenya immigration policy requires applicants to get their visa online. Although, it can be issued when you get to the international port of entry.
An email will be sent to you as soon as the whole visa application process is completed, and once the request is approved. Then you can proceed to downloading and printing out the visa.
This guide on traveling to Kenya from Nigeria is intended to inform nationals of Nigeria and or other countries who require a visa to visit Kenya.
For more deep findings that are not captured here, please check the kenya visa application portal online for more clarity.
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