Thai citizens wanting to visit Kenya can now do so without having to go through a long and tedious visa application process. As a result of years of high demand, Kenyan authorities have begun offering an online visa, or eVisa, in order to streamline the visa acquisition process for citizens of many countries around the world.
Owing to its reputation as one of the best places in East Africa to go on safari, Kenya has long been a sought-after destination. With a bustling capital city, beautiful beaches, and of course amazing national parks, Thai passport holders now have every reason to explore this beautiful country.
For all of the finer details regarding requirements for the Republic of Kenya eVisa, consult the information below.
Do Thai Citizens Need a Visa for Kenya?
Yes, each Thai passport holder needs a visa to visit Kenya. Fortunately, the process is straightforward, as the tourist visa will cover most reasons that Thai citizens have for visiting the country. No matter if the reason for visiting Kenya is personal, such as for tourism or to visit family, or professional, such as for business or for aid, the visa requirements remain the same.
Kenya Visa Requirements for Thai Citizens
Each Thai citizen who wishes to apply for the Kenya eVisa is required to have a number of documents and personal details on hand. Information regarding the following items and details will need to be uploaded online during the application process:
- A valid Thai passport with at least six months’ validity from the intended date of entry into Kenya
- The information from the passport photo page including the passport number and the expiration date
- At least one blank page in the passport
- A recent (last six months or so) digitalized color photo for an eVisa
- An itinerary for your time in Kenya. The itinerary doesn’t need to be precise, but it does need to comprise an intended outline for your trip
- Proof of onward travel from Kenya either back to Thailand or to another country before your visa expires
- A valid debit or credit card in order to pay the application fee. The fee is non-refundable, even if the Kenya eVisa is denied
- A valid email address. The eVisa will be issued via email
Apply for Kenyan Visa in Thailand
In addition to the requirements found above, there are several other details that applicants are required to provide during the application for the Kenya eVisa for Thai citizens. These include personal data like your full name as it appears on your passport, your parents’ names, and the answers to a few security questions. The application was designed with simplicity in mind, but that doesn’t mean that you should rush through it. Any incorrectly entered information could result in a delayed or even rejected Kenya visa application, so each answer should be double-checked before submission.
The response time varies from as many as 4-6 days to as few as 2-3 days. There is no way to project when you might receive your response, so it’s a good idea to plan ahead and send in your application with plenty of time before you travel so you avoid any problems at the border.
Upon receiving the approved eVisa via email, travelers must print out a hard copy and carry it with them to the port of entry (check all the Kenyan ports of entry). This is simply an added security step to ensure that the records the border authorities have match yours.
Types of Kenya eVisas for Thai Travelers
The single-entry tourist visa is the option you should select if you are heading to Kenya on vacation. You are required to enter Kenya within three months of the day it is issued. After arriving in Kenya, the visa is valid for 30 days, it can be extended twice for up to an additional 5 months at Immigration Headquarters. Should you leave Kenya for any reason, even with remaining validity, you will need to apply for a separate visa to re-enter the country. There are no multi-entry visas available.
If you are transiting through Kenya, you are not required to have a Kenyan transit visa as long as you plan to stay inside the airport and depart within 72 hours. Should you wish to leave the airport at any time it is required to either have a tourist visa or a transit visa.
For any further questions regarding the application process, please consult our FAQ page.