Recently, Kenya has become the most visited nation in the Southeast region of Africa, with a significant increase in international tourism and a subsequent extraordinary financial growth, which only makes this country even more attractive to many, including UAE citizens.
With the online application for the Kenyan visa from the Emirates, whether the reason for a trip is a safari, business, or medical treatment, UAE applicants wishing to obtain an electronic visa to Kenya will not have to go through slow waiting lines upon arrival.
The eVisa for Kenya allows Emiratis to stay for up to 30 days. The visa can be extended twice, for an additional 5 months, should they wish to spend more time exploring Kenya.
Do UAE Passport Holders Need a Visa for Kenya?
Emiratis must hold a valid visa in order to enter Kenya. Fortunately, they are among the nationalities eligible for the eVisa, the fastest and easiest permit to obtain for Kenya.
UAE visitors should note that in order to obtain an online visa, they are required to have the following ready:
- Valid Emirati passport
- At least one blank page on the passport
- A digital photo
Depending on the traveler’s reason(s) to go to Kenya (tourism, medical treatment, business affairs, visiting family, or religion), the eVisa will not be appropriate. The electronic visa is not a multiple-entry permit. In fact, each time that UAE nationals want to enter Kenya, they must apply for another visa.
In case citizens of the United Arab Emirates need a multiple-entry visa, because of business purposes or visiting families, for instance, it has to be asked at the Immigration HQs (Nairobi) by compiling extra documentation, such as an invitation letter for the Kenyan company or family, a proof of applicant’s employment and a copy of registration or incorporation certificate.
The electronic visa has a validity of 3 months from the date of issue, the visa-holder must enter the country within 90 days. It is initially issued for 30-days with the option to extend it twice, once for 2 months and again for 3. The Kenya eVisa can be extended by Emiratis directly at the Immigration Headquarters in Nairobi and the Immigration Office in Mombasa.
Apply for a Kenya eVisa as an Emirati
All that is needed to apply for a Kenya eVisa is a valid email address, access to the internet, and a credit or debit card for the fee, on top of the necessary documentation as outlined above.
After compiling the application form with the information and the documents required, the processing times associated with the Kenyan eVisa are usually of 3 business days. The travel document will be sent to the email address provided in the form of Emirati applicants.
In case the visitor from the UAE fails to provide correct and complete information or part of the documentation is missing, they may be contacted to submit the necessary details. This may result in significant delays. For this reason, the Kenyan government recommends applying well in advance.
UAE travelers must print the visa and bring it to the Immigration Desk upon arrival in Kenya together with the passport.
For those who need a visa in order to transit through Kenya while en route towards a different destination, the requirements can change.
Documents Required for Kenya Visa for Nationals of the UAE
UAE citizens must provide certain documents as part of the visa entry requirements for Kenya. These are:
- An Emirati passport with a minimum of 6 months of validity left
- A picture of the UAE applicant that follows the relevant photo Kenyan visa guidelines
- Personal data such as complete name, age, gender, and place of residence
A visa is a personal document and each Emirati intending to travel to Kenya must have it. In the case of a family visiting Kenya together, each member must be in possession of the electronic visa and personal passports, including minors.
Applicants of the United Arab Emirates should check whether there are more documents needed according to the different purposes of their trip to Kenya, as there are different document requirements depending on the travel reason.
The documents needed for a transit flight are not the same as those for Emiratis with business relationships with Kenyan companies. For instance, a letter and tax identification number of the foreign company will be required in the last case.
Traveling from the United Arab Emirates to Kenya: Key Details
Emirati holidaymakers who wish to fly to Kenya should ask themselves the following questions to properly organize the trip:
- Is Kenya the final destination of the UAE passenger’s trip?
- Which parts of Kenya will Emiratis be visiting?
- Are vaccinations necessary to enter Kenya from the United Arab Emirates?
If Kenya is not the final destination, and UAE citizens travel to Kenya due to a connection flight, the tourist visa for Emiratis is not necessary. Those Emiratis who wish to leave the airport during their transit or would like to avoid long queues at the airport can ask for a 3-day visa transit (72 hours) online. This can also be done at the border.
Overall, Kenya is a very safe country for Emiratis, although it is advisable to steer clear of certain areas. Emirati citizens should avoid the border with Somalia and Turkana County. Those taking part in an organized trip from the UAE can rest assured that tourist guides will stay away from troubled regions.
Emiratis traveling to Kenya should be informed about eventual vaccines depending largely on their specific circumstances and recent travels. It is advisable to seek medical advice from a physician 6 to 8 weeks before leaving the UAE.