Kenya's government started its electronic travel authorisation service (eTA) on January 1, 2024. The new system was launched to help eligible travellers from different countries visit without the hassles of traditional visa processes. Kenyan eTA is for travellers from around the world wishing to enter Kenya for tourism, business, medical treatment, courtesy purposes, and meeting family members. The process is very straightforward and fast-paced. It just takes less than fifteen minutes to complete the application process. The best thing is that there's no involvement in visiting the Kenyan embassy/consulate, printing documents, and searching for banks to pay eTA fees.
However, since this system is a relatively new offering, many travellers are unaware of the process of applying for the eTA and its salient requirements. That's why it is necessary to understand the requirements. You will find all the information about Kenya's eTA requirements on this page.
Please note that every traveller will separately apply for an eTA and upload the required set of documents in PDF, JPEG, or Word format. Scanned images of the documents should be uploaded when applying for the eTA. Here is a list of documents required to apply for a Kenya eTA.
A selfie or a photo (include selfie or photo screenshot instead of a passport) A scanned image of a recently taken colour, passport-sized photograph. The size of the photograph should be 35 mm x 45 mm. It must be taken against a plain white background with a full front view.
1. The traveller will upload an invitation letter from the employer/company/organization. It should specify the purpose of business-related travel.
2. Copies of the company's registration documents.
3. The staff ID and Kenyan ID of the person countersigning the invitation letter..
1. An invitation/participation letter from the host in Kenya.
2. Company Registration Certificate copy.
Type of Passport Required:
An official letter from::
All visitors, including infants and children, who intend to travel to Kenya need an approved eTA, except for certain exempt categories. These exemptions include holders of valid Kenyan passports, Kenya Permanent Residence, or valid work permits, as well as members of diplomatic missions and international organisations accredited to Kenya. Also, citizens of East African partner states are exempt for six months.
Applicants must have a valid passport with a minimum validity of six months beyond their planned arrival date in Kenya and at least one blank page. They should also have a selfie or passport-type photo, contact information, details of their itinerary, including arrival and departure, accommodation booking confirmations, and a means of payment like a credit or debit card.
Depending on the country of residence and travel history, additional documents may be required, such as financial asset proofs, return transportation bookings, yellow fever certificates, or other vaccination/test result certificates. For specific purposes like business, family, or diplomatic visits, additional documents like invitation letters, company registration copies, or official letters from the country of origin may be needed.
The standard processing time for an eTA is approximately three working days. However, processing time can vary based on the type of eTA and the applicant's country of citizenship. For those needing faster processing, a premium service is available that may offer expedited processing, though this may involve additional costs and assistance by officers.
Travellers who fall into the exempt categories should carry relevant documents proving their exemption status. This may include a valid Kenyan passport, work permit, diplomatic identity, or documentation for members of international organisations. It's important to carry these documents to avoid any inconvenience during travel.