Visiting  Kenya for safari has become even more accessible with the implementation of the new Electronic Travel Authorization system (eTA) starting January 5.

We invite you to this comprehensive guide that aims to address your queries and provide essential information about this significant change in Kenya’s entry process.

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What is Kenya’s eTA System?

The eTA system, introduced by the Kenyan government on January 1, 2024, is a semi-automated process replacing the traditional visa system.

This alteration streamlines entry procedures, ensuring a smoother experience for travelers.

Who is Exempt from eTA?

Kenyan citizens and citizens of East African Community (EAC) partner states are exempt from the eTA requirement.

This makes the process straightforward for locals and neighboring countries.

Application Process for eTA: How Does It Work?

Applying for the eTA involves a straightforward online process through the official Republic of Kenya government website.

The application fee is USD 30

Processing typically takes three business days, with a priority service available for urgent cases. 

It is advisable to apply as early as three months before you arrive, and necessary confirmation details of booked holidays.

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Requirements for all non-exempt travelers

  • Valid passport for at least six (6) months after the planned date of arrival into Kenya with at least one blank page
  • Selfie or passport-type photo Contact information, email address and phone number
  • Details of passenger arrival and departure itinerary
  • Accommodation booking confirmation(s)
  • Credit card, debit card, Apple Pay or other means of payment

Based on your country of residence the following may also be required:

  • Financial assets/bank letter(s)
  • Return transportation booking, such as a return ticket

Based on your country of residence and travel history the following may also be required:

  • A yellow fever certificate is required if passengers are traveling with a yellow fever country. 
  • Learn more about CDC recommendations for Kenya.
  • Other vaccination(s) or test results certificates

Payment Methods and Group Applications

Accepted payment methods include credit cards, debit cards, Apple Pay, or other suitable means.

Families are encouraged to apply as a group for convenience, streamlining the process and ensuring coordinated travel plans.

Is Kenya a visa-free country?

Kenya is not visa-free for all visitors. While citizens of some countries can enter Kenya without a visa, others must apply for an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) online. 

The ETA comes with a processing fee and travellers are required to submit relevant information and documents before travelling. 

Although Kenya allows visa-free entry for some nationals, visitors must be aware of the ETA requirements and associated costs for those who do not fall under the visa-free category.

What is the price of ETA Kenya?

The cost of the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) for Kenya is determined by the processing time and the level of benefits desired. There are two options available:

  1. Standard Treatment – US$32.40 (approximately €30):
  • Processing time: 72 hours or less (10 working days for citizens of specific countries: Afghanistan, Armenia, North Korea, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, Somalia, Syria, Tajikistan, and Yemen).
  • Basic support provided.
  • Incomplete requests will be refused.
  1. Premium Treatment – US$53.29 (approximately €49):
  • Priority processing with your request placed at the top of the queue.
  • Dedicated agent for personalized queries and support.
  • Premium support through email, WhatsApp, and live chat.
  • Flexibility to change travel dates if plans change.
  • Incomplete requests can be completed.
  • These prices include both processing and bank fees. It’s essential to choose the option that aligns with your travel needs and preferences

Passenger Boarding and Paper Forms: What Has Changed?

As of January 5, airline carriers arriving in Kenya are prohibited from allowing passengers without a valid eTA to board.

This change eliminates the need for passengers, regardless of nationality, to fill out paper forms on the plane or upon arrival, enhancing the efficiency of the entry process.

Additional Requirements and Documentation

Non-exempt travelers must ensure their passports are valid for at least six months after the planned arrival date, with a minimum of one blank page. 

The application process requires a selfie or passport-type photo, contact information, arrival and departure itinerary details, and accommodation booking confirmation(s). 

Depending on citizenship, additional requirements may include financial assets documentation and return transportation booking.

User-Friendly Application Platform

Navigating the application process is made easy with the user-friendly government website.

Applicants can upload passport pages or use their webcam for a quick photo, contributing to a hassle-free experience.
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How is the East African Tourist Visa, Affected by the eTA system in Kenya?

For travelers utilizing the East African Tourist Visa for travel between Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda, it’s crucial to note that the eTA is an additional requirement specifically for visits to Kenya.

The cost of the East African Tourist Visa is USD 100.

What are the advantages of the eTA  System in Kenya?

The ETA system in Kenya offers several advantages for travelers and enhances the overall efficiency of the travel process:

  1. Convenient Pre-Submission:

Travelers can submit all necessary information and documents from the comfort of their homes before embarking on their journey, providing a convenient and stress-free preparation process.

  1. Peace of Mind:

Knowing that they have fulfilled all the requirements for travel to Kenya, travelers can enjoy peace of mind, reducing the likelihood of any last-minute complications or delays.

  1. Elimination of In-Flight and Arrival Forms:

With the ETA system, travelers are no longer required to fill out forms on the plane or upon arrival, streamlining the entry process and saving time for both passengers and authorities.

  1. Simplified Check-In for Airlines:

Airlines benefit from the ETA system as it simplifies the check-in process. 

Carriers can easily verify whether travelers have received authorization from the Government of the Republic of Kenya and possess an approved ETA, facilitating smoother operations.

  1. Reduced Arrival Queues:

ETA Kenya contributes to improved arrival processes by reducing queues for health, customs, and immigration inspections.

This efficiency benefits travelers and enhances the overall experience at arrival points.

  1. Support for Government Digitization Efforts:

The ETA system aligns with the Republic of Kenya’s initiatives to digitize its government processes.

By embracing electronic authorization, Kenya is advancing towards a more streamlined and technologically advanced governance system.

A quick Recap for Electronic Travel Authorization in Kenya 

  • Kenya Citizens are exempt from the eTA.

  • Kenya’s new Electronic Travel Authorization system (eTA) is now in effect, as of 5 January.
  • Citizens of EAC partner states are exempt from the eTA.
  • The eTA is only valid for one trip. Travelers must obtain a new eTA for each visit to Kenya.
  • Accepted payment methods: credit card, debit card, Apple Pay, or other means.
  • Applicants need a passport valid for at least six months after planned arrival, with a blank page.
  • The standard processing time is three working days.
  • For children under the age of 18, the legal guardian, parent, or accompanying adult is responsible for filling in the application
  • Families are highly encouraged to apply as a group


Kenya’s eTA system marks a significant step towards modernizing and simplifying entry procedures. 

This comprehensive guide has addressed the key aspects, ensuring you are well informed and prepared for your upcoming adventure in Kenya. 

For any additional questions or need for help, feel free to reach out. Explore the diverse safari offerings in Kenya with confidence, choosing from our best Kenya safari collection or requesting a custom trip today. 

Your journey to Kenya awaits, simplified, and enriched by the new eTA system. Your Travel Experience to Kenya is 

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