Is It Necessary to Print a Kenya eVisa?

Congratulations, if you have completed the online visa application and received your Kenyan eVisa via email, you’re just a few steps away from having finished preparing for your trip.

The new eVisa for Kenya allows eligible foreigners to obtain a visa for Kenya entirely online. That means no more queuing at a consulate or embassy and no need to hire a travel agency to sort out your papers.

The new system entails completing an online questionnaire in all its parts and submit all supporting documentation electronically. This may include a copy of your valid passport and other relevant documents. The process is designed to only take minutes.

After the application is complete, it usually takes a few business days for the Kenyan authorities to review it. You will then receive the approved visa directly in your inbox.

Since everything is done electronically, some tourists may understandably wonder whether it is necessary to obtain a hard copy of the travel permit. Yes, you must print a hard copy of the eVisa before traveling and bring it with you to the Kenyan border. Moreover, it’s important that you keep a copy of your valid visa with you for the entirety of your stay in Keya, in case the authorities ask you to show it.

What Else do I Need to Cross the Kenyan Border?

Once you arrive at the Kenyan border, you will need to show the border control officers your approved eVisa. Moreover, you must bring with you the passport you have used to apply for the visa. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months since your date of entry into Kenyan territory.

The eVisa is directly linked to your passport. That’s why it’s paramount that you use the same passport for traveling as the one you provided during the eVisa application. Should your passport expire before your visa does, you will, unfortunately, have to apply for a new eVisa with a new valid and eligible passport.

If during your application you were asked for more supporting documentation, you must bring copies of that too. These documents may vary depending on each visitor’s specific circumstances. For example, you may be asked to provide evidence of your plans to leave the country at the end of your trip — this could be a return plane ticket — or copies of your hotel reservations as proof of your travel itinerary.

Other types of visas require further documentation. You can check the Kenyan visa requirements to find out what applies to you and make sure that you have everything in order.

What to Do If I Haven’t Received My eVisa for Kenya?

You will receive all communications regarding your application via email. You should allow the Kenyan authorities a few working days to assess your application. Even in case your application is rejected, you will be advised via email.

Some applications take longer to process. This usually happens when the application is incomplete — for example, you failed to answer some questions in the application form or submit the required documents. In this case, you will be contacted via email and asked to submit the missing information. It is not advisable to submit an incomplete application as sometimes, this may result in the visa being directly denied.

It’s very important that you check your inbox regularly for communications regarding your application. Make sure to look in the spam box too in case messages are being blocked.