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Kenya eTA (Electronic Travel Authorisation): Your Simplified Travel VISA 2024

Updated: Jan 24

After securing your safari booking in Kenya, ensuring a smooth entry into the country is imperative. As of January 2024, Kenya has transitioned from a visa system to an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). There is “NO ON ARRIVAL VISA” to all Nationals. In this comprehensive guide, we'll walk you through the process of obtaining your Kenya eTA and its advantages and offer valuable tips to ensure a smooth application process.

Passport and Visa

What is a Kenya eTA?

The Kenya eTA, also known as the electronic Travel Authorization, has replaced the conventional visa application process. It serves as an endorsement that allows visitors to enter and stay in Kenya for a maximum of 90 Days. The eTA application process is simpler, faster, and more cost-effective compared to the previous visa application process.

Benefits of the Kenya eTA

The introduction of the Kenya eTA has brought numerous benefits for travelers. Here are some key advantages:

  • Convenience: Applying for the Kenya eTA is now a hassle-free experience. No more long queues at the Airport or embassies or consulates. Instead, you can conveniently apply for your ETA from the comfort of your own home. 

  • Family-Friendly Application: Traveling with your family? No worries! The Kenya eTA allows you to apply for your entire family in one go. There is no more filling out separate visa applications for each family member. With the eTA, you can streamline the process and apply it for everyone at once, saving time and effort.

  • Simplified Process: The eTA application process is significantly more user-friendly and straightforward compared to the previous visa application system. You no longer need to worry about confusion or delays caused by incomplete documentation. The streamlined process ensures a smoother journey from start to finish.

  • Faster Approval: The eTA gets approved much more quickly, reducing the chances of unexpected delays and allowing you to plan your trip confidently and with peace of mind. The turnaround time will range from same-day approval to a maximum of 72 hours (three working days). 

How to Apply for a Kenya eTA

Now that you understand the benefits of the Kenya eTA, let's dive into the application process. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you obtain your eTA smoothly:

Step 1: Start Early

To avoid any last-minute stress, it's advisable to begin the application process at least two weeks before your departure date. This ensures you have ample time to gather all the required documents and complete the application without rushing.

Step 2: Visit the Official eTA Website

To apply for your Kenya eTA, visit the official website of the Kenyan government dedicated to the eTA system. It's crucial to use the official website to ensure a secure and legitimate application process. Here is the link - 

Kenya eTA - Official Website

Step 3: Read the Instructions Carefully

Before initiating your application, take the time to read the instructions provided on the official eTA website. Familiarize yourself with the requirements and guidelines to ensure you provide accurate and complete information.

Step 4: Prepare the Required Documents

To complete your ETA application successfully, you must have certain documents readily available. Refer to the step-by-step guide provided by your travel agent or the official eTA website to ensure you have everything in order. Some essential scanned documents include:

  • Passport: Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months from your intended date of entry into Kenya. 

  • Flight Tickets: It is important to note that you need to have your return tickets booked.

  • Hotel Confirmation: This document includes your hotel reservations and Tour Operator Details (if doing a safari).

  • Digital Photograph: Prepare a passport-sized photograph with a file size smaller than 10 MB.

Step 5: Fill Out the Application Form

Once you have gathered all the necessary documents, proceed to fill out the online application form. If you are traveling in a group of up to nine people, take advantage of the group application option. This saves time and ensures each person receives a personal eTA. Take your time to accurately provide the requested information, ensuring there are no errors or discrepancies.

Kenya eTA - Application Type

Step 6: Pay the Processing Fees

As part of the application process, you must pay a processing fee for your Kenya eTA. The fee amount may vary, so refer to the official website for the most up-to-date information. Be sure to have a valid payment method (Credit Cards) available to complete the transaction.

Kenya eTA Application Filling

Step 7: Submit the Application

After filling out the form and making the payment, review all the information for accuracy. Once you are confident that all the details are correct, submit your application. Keep a record of the confirmation link or reference number provided for future reference. There will also be a QR code generated which you can save it.

Kenya eTA Confirmation Link

Step 8: Await ETA Approval

With the simplified application process, you can expect faster approval times for your Kenya eTA. While waiting for the approval, it's essential to remain patient and refrain from making any last-minute travel arrangements until you have received your eTA.

Kenya eTA - Sample

Tips and Tricks for a Smooth Application Process

  • Start Early: We recommend initiating your application at least two weeks before your departure date. This allows ample time for processing and any potential clarifications or corrections.

  • Official Government Website: Only use the official eTA website provided by the Kenyan government for your application. Beware of unauthorized third-party websites that may charge additional fees or provide inaccurate information.

  • Read Instructions Carefully and Complete Documentation: Before starting your application, carefully read the instructions provided in the step-by-step guide. This ensures you understand the process and avoid any unnecessary mistakes. Double-check that you have all the necessary papers ready before starting your online application. This includes your passport, travel confirmation document, and digital photograph.

  • Application for Children: Unlike the previous system, children of all ages now require an ETA. Be sure to include them in your application and make the necessary payments. While the fee for children is lower, families with children should be aware of the additional cost compared to the previous visa system.

  • Translation Assistance: If you require translation assistance, you can use online translation programs as the official eTA website is available in English only. This ensures you understand and complete the application accurately.

  • Seek Expert Advice: If you encounter any uncertainties or have specific queries during the application process, don't hesitate to contact us. We can provide valuable advice and guidance based on their expertise.

Embarking on a safari adventure in Kenya is an experience of a lifetime. With the introduction of the Kenya ETA, the travel process has become more convenient and efficient. By following the step-by-step guide and implementing the provided tips and tricks, you can ensure a seamless application process for your Kenya ETA. So, get ready to explore the captivating beauty of Kenya and create unforgettable memories on your safari journey.

Please note that visa requirements and processes may be subject to change. It is essential to stay updated with the latest information from official sources.


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