The cost of the Kenya visa is £74.95 per person. This cost applies to both the business and the tourist visas, for a maximum stay in Kenya of 90 consecutive days.
Lowest costs when applying online
For holidays and business trips to Kenya, the electronic visa (e-visa Kenya) can be used. The application procedure for this happens entirely online, and the costs are lower compared to applying for a visa at the embassy. Applying online is also easier, as you will not need to visit the embassy or consulate. The visa is issued in the form of a PDF document, which needs to be handed over in printed form on arrival.
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Children do not need a visa
Families travelling to Kenya save a large part of the visa costs because children up to and including 15 years do not need a visa. This only applies if they are travelling with their parents. Children also need to possess their own passports, which has certain requirements tied to it.
Average delivery time of the Kenya visa
On average, the delivery time of the Kenya visa is 8 days. This is calculated from the moment the passport scan, passport photo and booking confirmation (or invitation letter and the scan/photo of the passport or identity card of the person you are visiting) have been provided in good order. Keep in mind that this is an average and not a maximum. Delivery times for visas can never be guaranteed. As soon as an application is being processed by the Kenyan immigration service, no further influence can be exerted on the processing times. If an application is subjected to a random extended background check, it can remain in processing for a significantly longer time than the average of 8 days. That is why it is advised to apply for the visa preferably several weeks before departure.
Cost and workings of the urgent procedure
If you are travelling to Kenya in the near future, you can indicate in the application form that you wish to make use of the urgent procedure. To do this, all you need to do is check the “urgent delivery” box. For an urgent delivery, an added fee of £17.50 per traveller is charged. The difference between the “normal” procedure and an urgent procedure is that with the latter, the application will always be processed within 24 hours, often within an hour. Even in the weekends and during holidays. This allows for the visa to already be issued on average after 4 days. However, the possibility of a random background check also exists with an urgent application, meaning no guarantees can be given regarding the maximum term within which issuing of the Kenya visa takes place.
Build-up of the cost of the Kenya visa
The total cost of the Kenya visa is £74.95 per person. This includes all consular costs, service costs and taxes. The consular part of the total price ($51) covers the costs of the immigration services when assessing all visa applications, and is also a source of income for the Kenyan government. The difference between the total price and the consular costs consists of the service costs, which allow one of our visa specialists to check the application for frequently made mistakes. Because of this extensive checking, the chance of a visa being rejected or declared invalid is greatly reduced. This even allows for the guarantee to be given that the full visa costs are reimbursed in the extremely rare case a visa application is still rejected.
No added costs
No administration costs, transaction costs or other additional costs are charged. Only if you choose for an urgent application, is an added fee charged. To compensate the fluctuating exchange rates, the service costs are flexible, allowing the total price in pounds to always stay the same. Because you are paying in pounds, you will not be negatively impacted by the exchange rates, and you therefore also do not pay exchange rate surcharges.
The cost of the Kenya visa can be paid, entirely without transaction costs, with:
Save costs in Kenya
In Kenya, the Kenyan Shilling (KES) is used for payments. The cheapest way to pay in Kenya is by debit card. The exchange rate surcharges and transactions when using a debit card are usually lower than when using a credit card. However, it is by no means assured that you can pay with a Maestro or V Pay debit card everywhere in Kenya. Therefore, it is preferable to bring a credit card as well. Also make sure that you always have sufficient cash at hand, as finding a cash machine in Kenya can be difficult.