The number of tourists visiting Kenya is on the rise. Whether it is visiting the Sheldrick Elephant Sanctuary or discovering the historic Koobi Fora site, Kenya offers a huge variety of wonderous sights for visitors. And it has never been easier to apply for and receive a visa to enter the country.
Kenya now has the facility for residents of 141 countries to apply for an electronic visa, which will grant them entry to the African country, and Russia is one of the nations included on the list.
The process of applying for a Kenya eVisa is straightforward and does not take long to complete.
Do Russian Citizens Need a Visa to Enter Kenya?
Yes, every Russian citizen wishing to enter Kenya must apply for electronic travel authorization before traveling to the country, otherwise, they may be denied entry.
Fortunately, it has never been easier to apply for an eVisa. The online application process for electronic visas to Kenya has been streamlined, creating a simple process for Russian citizens to apply.
The entire process takes less than 30 minutes, and is entirely online, meaning no more time-consuming visits to the Kenyan embassy or phone calls with visa officials.
Requirements to Obtain a Kenyan eVisa as a Russian
Before beginning the online application process, Russian nationals should ensure they meet the entry requirements to apply for a Kenyan eVisa, as it will be required to fill in an online form.
A valid passport. The passport should have at least six months’ validity from the date of travel into Kenya. It should also have at least one blank page in case a stamp is required from immigration officials on entry to the country.
A digital passport photograph. The photo should be recent (within the last six months), taken on a white background and in color.
Details of the travel itinerary. Travelers are often required to provide information about where they will be staying in Kenya, details about planned trips and flight tickets. Border officials may need to check this against the reasons stated on the eVisa for travel to the country.
A valid email address. Applicants’ visas need to be sent electronically to an email address.
Onward travel details. Officials will want to examine information about where travelers are traveling to next, including proof of a ticket to the onward destination, whether that’s back to Russia or on to another country.
A valid credit or debit card. This is required to pay the Kenya eVisa fee.
Moreover, in the case of Russian students using an eVisa for academic purposes or citizens of Russia who will stay with family in the country will also need to submit a visa invitation letter to enter Kenya.
Apply for a Kenya Visa From Russia
The Kenya e-Visa form is quick to fill out once applicants have the required information to hand. Travelers should double-check all information they input into the form before submitting it.
The final step is paying the eVisa fee. Once submitted, the application usually takes 2-3 days to process, so applicants should allow adequate time for this before traveling to Kenya.
It is recommended that once a Kenyan visa is approved, it should be printed out and carried with Russian passport holders throughout their time in the African country so that border officials can inspect it.
Types of Kenya eVisa for Russians
The most common type of Kenyan visa is the single-entry eVisa. This grants holders legal entry to Kenya for up to 90 days for reasons of tourism, leisure, business, family, medical, employment, or settlement.
However, if the visa holder leaves the country for any reason, they must reapply for another single-entry visa. If Russian citizens need to extend their current Kenya eVisa, then they will have to apply for an extension at the Immigration Headquarters in Nairobi or at the Immigration Office in Mombasa.
There is another visa option for Russians who are staying in the country for less than 72 hours: the Kenyan transit visa allows citizens of Russia, among many other countries, waiting for a connecting flight to leave the airport and explore the nation for up to 3 days.