Thanks to a recent initiative, Kenya has allowed travelers from more than 140 countries, including citizens of Belgium, to apply for the simplified eVisa (electronic visa). Travelers can apply for their Kenyan eVisa entirely online, which means there is no need to visit an embassy in person.
The introduction of the Kenya online visa also means that Belgians can obtain their travel permit in a matter of days or even hours.
Do Belgians Need a Visa to Visit Kenya?
Yes. All Belgian citizens who wish to travel to Kenya are required to have a visa before they can enter the country. Fortunately, they have the opportunity to obtain one online through Kenya’s eVisa system.
The e-Visa to Kenya for Belgian citizens is a single-entry visa that is digitally attached to the passenger’s Belgian passport. It is valid for 30 days upon arrival, with the option to extend it twice and stay in Kenya for up to 6 months. Travelers from Belgium can use their Kenyan eVisa to enter the country via land, air, and sea borders.
How to Obtain a Kenya eVisa as National of Belgium
In order to apply for a Kenyan visa in Belgium, travelers must first satisfy a few basic requirements before they can apply online. These Kenya eVisa requirements for Belgian citizens include the following:
- A valid Belgium-issued passport which must have at least two blank pages and be up to date and valid for at least 6 months from the date Belgians plan to arrive in Kenya
- A digital passport-style photo where the Belgian applicant’s face must be centered, clearly visible, and in color
- An outline of the applicant’s itinerary in Kenya. In this sense, it is important to submit an onward ticket that clearly states when Belgians will be leaving Kenya and a brief explanation about their plans in the country, how long are they staying and the purpose of their trip
- A valid email address. In order to get notifications about the status of the Kenyan eVisa, travelers of Belgium will need to enter an email account during the application
- A valid payment method such as a debit card or credit card to pay the mandatory eVisa processing fee
Once all of these requirements have been satisfied, travelers of Belgium will be able to begin completing the online form to submit the necessary information.
Apply for a Kenyan eVisa in Belgium
The final step to get a Kenyan electronic visa from Belgium is to complete the online Kenya eVisa application form. This process should take most Belgian applicants less than an hour and can be done from the comfort of one’s home.
The application consists of a few basic questions about the applicant of Belgium, their travel plans, and their digital photo.
The first section asks personal questions, such as the Belgian traveler’s:
- Full name (first name and surname)
- Date of birth
It will also ask for Belgians’ contact information (email and current address), passport information (passport number and expiration date), and travel plans/itinerary in Kenya.
Finally, the application will ask Belgian travelers to upload a recent photo of themselves (taken within the last six months). This photo must be colorized and with facial features clearly visible.
At the end of the application, applicants from Belgium will need to pay the eVisa application processing fee and wait for a notification of approval to be sent to their email addresses.
On average, it takes between 24 to 72 hours (one to three business days) for the Kenyan eVisa to be approved. However, in rare cases, it may take longer due to high demand or public holidays, which is why it is advised Belgians apply for their electronic visas in advance.
Traveling From Brussels/Belgium to Nairobi/Kenya: Key Details
Traveling from Belgium to Kenya has never been easier. In under 10 hours, travelers can fly from Brussels to Nairobi on world-class airlines. But before initiating this trip, Belgians must be aware of Kenya’s main attractions, customs, and other key factors that are relevant as tourists.
For instance, citizens of Belgium must be informed about customs regulations in Kenya’s ports of entry to avoid issues when entering the country.
In addition, Belgian nationals can be interested in visiting Kenya’s second-largest city Mombasa besides Nairobi, the capital, or getting close to the country’s nature by booking a safari at Masai Mara Reserve, where over 1.5 million animals cross through between July and November.
Once all the travel provisions are made, Belgians can begin to enjoy their trip to Kenya without any hassle and other inconveniences.