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Visa for Kenya

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Visa for Kenya

I am an American citizen booked for an escorted safari in Tanzania and Kenya, beginning in Arusha, Tanzania, and ending in Nairobi, Kenya. I have already obtained a visa for entry into Tanzania and a single entry visa into into Kenya. However, I have just realized that my flight on British Air into Africa takes me from London to Nairobi, landing at 9:30 pm. My flight for Arusha leaves at 6:30 pm the following day, necessitating an overnight in Nairobi. I have been told that because I will be leaving the airport, rather than sleeping on a bench overnight, I will need a second visa, and that would have to be a multiple entry visa. I can't seem to find someone to give me some clarification about my Kenyan visa. Will my single entry visa work even though I will actually be entering Kenya two times? There is a note on the Washington, DC Kenyan consulate website that states, "Single entry visa would allow re-entry to Kenya from any of the following East African countries (Uganda, Tanzania,... " etc.Does this mean that my single visa will allow me to reenter Kenya a week later? Or, will I have to get a transit visa? I cannot get a definitive answer from anyone in my travel company or their liasons in the travel document business. Some say I should have gotten a multiple entry visa. Others say that I should have a transit visa and a single entry visa, but because I got a single entry visa first, I am unable to get a transit visa. Oh brother!!! If I need some other sort of visa, in addition to the one I already have, can I get it at the Nairobi airport rather than going through the hassle of resending my passport to the embassy in Washington?? Is there anyone out there who has gone through this experience.? Help!!!

Mtwapa, Kenya
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1. Re: Visa for Kenya

Hi,

A Kenyan single entry visa also covers you for short trips to other East African Community countries and return to Kenya. A visa is valid for 3 months from the date of issue, the actual entry pass is the stamp that is made in your passport at Immigration on arrival and that is normally valid for 3 months from that date, so the visa you have should cover you.

San Francisco
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Whew !! Thank you so much for your speedy reply! You have taken a load off of my mind!!

New York, New York
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I have a similar question actually. We are traveling to Kenya and Seychelles with a 9 day stay in kenya first. Then from seychelles, we fly through NBO and take a late night flight to US (not planning on leaving airport for 6 hour layover on a different airline). Do I need a multiple entry or transit visa or can I just get a single entry visa?

Thanks.

nyc
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The single entry tourist visa for Kenya is sufficient for safari here. If on return from SEZ you will not be leaving airport, that same visa will be fine, and for that matter, even if you did depart the airport.

However, having been in KEN prior to SEZ, know you will require a Yelllow Fever inoc and proof of same for entry at the SEZ.

Windsor, Canada
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So am I understanding this correctly?

We are Canadian, arriving at airport in Nairobi, spending 5 days in Kenya, then going to Tanzania for 10 days. We have to go back to Nairobi in Kenya to take our flight home. So we are entering Kenya a second time but from Tanzania.

From what I understand here I will only need the single entry visa to do this?

Mtwapa, Kenya
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6. Re: Visa for Kenya

Yes that is correct

Windsor, Canada
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Thank you. I am glad I have that straight now.

New York, New York
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Great Sandi,

Thanks for the info. Very helpful.

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