Entry requirements


British nationals need a visa to enter Kenya. As of 1 July 2015 you can apply for a Kenyan visa on the ecitizen website. Until 1 September 2015, you can still get a visa through other means (eg on arrival at the airport or at the nearest Kenyan High Commission or Embassy) in addition to the new electronic system. From 1 September 2015 the electronic system will be the only method to apply for a Kenyan visa, so if you’re arriving in Kenya from 1 September onwards you’ll need to apply for a visa online before you travel.

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Kenya. Make sure you have two blank pages in your passport on arrival.

The Kenyan authorities have confirmed they will accept British passports extended by 12 months by British Embassies and Consulates under additional measures put in place in mid-2014.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Kenya. ETDs must be valid for 6 months.

Yellow fever

Yellow fever vaccination is required for travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Work permits

If you are coming to live and work in Kenya, you should be aware that there can be delays in obtaining work permits. It’s illegal to work without a permit. This also applies to voluntary work and the self-employed.