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Sarasota
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Visa at the airport?

My wife and I are traveling from the USA to Kenya with a tour group.

We understand that a visa is necessary.

Our friend just returned from a trip to Kenya in November 2012, and they purchased their visas at the airport for a $50 fee for a single entry.

We need a multiple entry, but the prices for these visas are so much more when done through an agency.

Should we get the visa at the airport, or is it best to use an agency?

Thanks

Steven

london
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11. Re: Visa at the airport?

>will the visa I get in Kenya be good only for Kenya (sounds logical), so can I also get a visa for Tanzania at the border crossing

Yes and yes. I believe the Tanz visa is $100 for US citizens ($50 for most others).

Tour companies often just tell people to get their visas in advance. I think just because it's easier to do that than to keep themselves up to date on the rules in various countries. Not that Kenya and Tanzania change their rules very often but some countries do.

Ohio
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12. Re: Visa at the airport?

I am entering Nairobi and flying into Dubai. Visa requirements?

Mombasa, Kenya
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13. Re: Visa at the airport?

To SarasotaPoolBoy: do not worry yourself, you can get all visas on entering the countries. Procedure is simple, as advised earlier fill in your forms in advance to save time, have new USD bills ready. Both Kenya and Tanzania issue visas on arrival at the entry points. Have a look here for more details info on both. Perhaps tour companies tell you to get visa in advance so that there is no additional wait at the border. Make sure that you have valid yellow fever certificate for Tanzania

www.immigration.go.ke/index.php…

www.immigration.go.tz/module1.php?id=14

To travljunkie51: if you are in transit at the airport (you are not leaving the airport and connecting from one flight to another) then you do not need any visa. If you are, for example, entering Kenya by road and driving to the airport (not more than 3 days), you can request for transit visa. If you are staying in Kenya for a few days first, you need a visa. Have a look at the link above for Kenya, information is very detailed and given by immigration department itself.

Bellevue, Nebraska
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14. Re: Visa at the airport?

I didn't see any link to the forms needed for the visa. I went on line to the Kenya embassy and filled out a form and then printed it. Will that work or do I need to have a different form. What is the link?

Bellevue, Nebraska
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15. Re: Visa at the airport?

That's me

UK
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for Malindi, Ukunda, Kenya
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16. Re: Visa at the airport?

Here's the link:

kenyahighcommission.net/khccontent/images/pd…

Download and print out p.1, then fill in and take with you. It's the same form you'll see (printed out in black, and badly photocopied) on the table near the visa counters at the airport. When you get to Q.8, most people just put the name of the first hotel they're staying at. If the purpose of your visit is "Tourism", that's all you need to fill in apart from personal details.

And yes, before you aks, it's fine for all nationalities. If you're getting your visa on arrival, there's no need for photos either. Just nice new banknotes.

Richard Trillo

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17. Re: Visa at the airport?

For any 'in-transit' visitor thru the NBO airport it's the same as most every airport anywhere... no Visa for the country where waiting and never technically actually putting a foot in that country.... just hanging at the airport.

For those who only need a Transit Visa (Kenya USD$20) this is actually good for less than 48/hrs, if that... not 3/days.

For those visiting both Kenya and Tanzania, it's a single-entry visa for both...for those arriving Kenya can return after time spent in Tanzania... no multiple required.

Most important though - for entry to Tanzania from Kenya, you will require a Yellow Fever inoculation and proof of same at the TNZ airport or land border crossing. There's no guarantee border agent will ask to see this 'proof' but if they do and you don't have, they have the option to not allow you to enter or escort you to a separate area where the jab will be given and you pay USD$50.

And, don't worry about how long or short the wait for a Visa or if just an Immigration queue... you're in Africa, pole pole (slowly, slowly) - you're on Africa Time! Take a deep breath, better yet... remove your watch till you board your homebound flight, all has been timed/scheduled by your tour operator, so you don't need it.

Remember - "The white man has the watch, the African has the time!"

Edited: 6:07 pm, January 24, 2013
Mtwapa, Kenya
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18. Re: Visa at the airport?

Hugo,

The link to the form on the Kenya Immigration Department's site is in the 'FAQ - How to obtain an entry visa on arrival' on the right of this page (so is the link Richard gave, strangely the High Commission site's form is a more recent version than the one on the Immigration Dept)

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