Kenya multiple entry business visa on arrival
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Mar 2, 2012 4:21 AM Last Post By: orion_mike
Feb 22, 2012 3:56 AM
Kenya multiple entry business visa on arrivalDoes a Kenyan multiple entry business visa on arrival exist? Can a US passport holder get one?
Feb 22, 2012 4:29 AM
Feb 22, 2012 4:32 AM
Feb 22, 2012 6:05 AM
3No, unfortunately multiple entry visas (and I think any visas apart from ordinary single entry tourist visas) have to be issued in advance. I tried myself quite recently at JKIA, Nairobi.
Feb 22, 2012 9:36 AM
Feb 22, 2012 5:25 PM
5I have read (and re-read) the section on visas both single and multiple entry and all it refers to is the fees and the fact that if you intend to obtain your visa on arrival then expect delays.
I have to agree with Rich - other than Tanzania - most East African countries will only issue single entry visas at ports of entry. (The TZ case for US and Irish citizens is different - you have to pay $100 US and obtain a multiple entry visa - other tourist just pay $50 US and get a single entry visa). If you really need a multiple entry visa then apply at the nearest Kenyan embassy or consulate. They will more than likely quiz you as to why you need a multiple entry visa so come prepared with your travel documents/itinerary/airline tickets etc. BTW if you are going to Tanzania and or Uganda and then back to Kenya you will not need to re-apply for an entry visa - the three EA countries have an arrangement that sort of makes the borders invisible - you still need your Ugandan and/or TZ visa but not a new one for Kenya. You may have to push to issue with the Kenyan immigration people - but as long as you have not left the east african community (K/U/TZ) then you are ok. Good luck
Feb 24, 2012 4:53 AM
Mar 1, 2012 11:50 AM
7I'm pretty sure the Kenyan visa allows you to travel to any of the surrounding EAC countries and return to Kenya for free, even though the visa says "Single Entry". I think the single entry means that if you leave the East African region ie. go back to the US for a week or take a short trip to South Africa, you'll have to pay again.
I last flew into Nairobi (May 2011) and got the single entry visa. I popped over to Uganda for a while and then on returning to Kenya I just showed them the visa I bought at the airport and they stamped it again and let me through for free.
Mar 1, 2012 12:56 PM
8Overblood - yes you are correct. The system works between Kenya/Tanzania/Uganda - however you often have to be a bit pushy with the immigration authorities as they try to force you to get another visa. I have known instances where the immigration people took over 30 minutes going through every page of a passport to confirm that the holder had not left the EA community.
Mar 1, 2012 8:50 PM
9Orion, I guess it really is a matter of luck whether you run into those moody immigration officers or not. I've entered Kenya 5 times and never had a problem.
Mar 2, 2012 2:31 AM
10Well I guess I either get a multiple entry visa the first time or two single entries because I am going to Kenya twice and not staying in the EAC in between.
Does that seem feasible?
Mar 2, 2012 4:21 AM
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