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How to Applying for a Transit Visa in Kenya

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How to Applying for a Transit Visa in Kenya by Kenyans247(m): Tue Jan 2020 09:18am
The transits visa is issued for periods not exceeding three days to persons whose nationalities require visas to enter Kenya and who intend to transit through Kenya to a different destination.

Apply Online
The first step is to register on eCitizen through the following link eCitizen Online Platform. Click on create account then click on the create an Account icon under the eVisa tab.You will need to fill in your personal information so to register for an eCitizen account. This includes your Passport number, Name, Email address and nationality to complete the registration.
Once you have registered you will then need to login to your eCitizen account and navigate to Department of Immigration Services and then submit application.
Click on “Get service now”, then select the Blue button” Make Application” on the next window.
Click on the Plus (+) sign on the Kenyan Visa tab and select Apply for a Transit Visa
Read the instructions carefully; make sure you have all the requirements to make the application and then click on the Apply Now button which will direct you to the online application form.
Fill in the online application form with all the required details and upload supporting documents. These details include:-
(a) Which country you are making the application from, whom are you applying for? country of destination, upload onward ticket.
(b) Applicant details ( Name, Date and place of birth, Occupation, Parents names)
(c) Nationality and residence ( Nationality, country of residence, physical address in country of residence, phone number)
(d) Passport/ Travel documents information ( passport number, date of issue, expiry date )
(e) Travel information ( reason for travel, proposed date of entry and departure from Kenya , full names of friend or relative in Kenya , their physical address and telephone numbers )
(f) Travel history ( previous travels to Kenya , any denial of entry to any county including Kenya ,criminal history )
(g) Upload Supporting Documents (upload your passport’s bio data page ,Upload additional Documents e.g. official Invitation letter, Hotel Booking or travel Itinerary, Upload a passport size photo , select mode of arrival and point of entry)
tick declaration and the click continue.
(h) This will direct you to the next page where you are to review your entry details. If everything is in order Click Submit button to finish.
(i) This will direct you to the next page where you are supposed to make payment for the transit visa. Make your payment using the provided payment methods provided and click on the submit button. A fee of USD $ 21 is charged for the transit visa.
(j) You will receive a notification of payment receipt in your email address confirming payment.
Once the visa is approved, the Transits Visa will be made available in your eCitizen account. You will also receive a notification email in your email address once your visa is available. This is usually after a period of two (2) days.
You must print a copy of the visa from your e-citizen account and carry it with your passport when you travel to Kenya.
When you arrive in Kenya, you must have your Visa printout with your passport and present it to the immigration officer at the port of entry.

Required Documents

Valid passport with at least one blank page with clear bio-data page and photograph
Valid travel document not less than six months.
An onward ticket

Office Locations & Contacts

Department of Immigration Services
Nyayo house
Passport Section Ground Floor,
Kenyatta Avenue/ Uhuru Highway
P.O. Box 30191, 00100 Nairobi. Tel: +254-20-2222022, +254-20-2217544,+254-20-2218833
Website: Department of Immigration Website

Mombasa-Immigration Department Office
PC’s Office Building

Tel: +254-41-2222676

Kisumu-Immigration Department Office
New Provincial Headquarters
Tel: +254-057-2024935/2025438/0700596071

eCitizen -Department of Immigration Services


Persons connecting through Kenya to other destinations for a period not exceeding 72 hours are eligible to apply for the transits visa, except citizens from countries who are exempt.
A list of Visa exempted countries can be accessed here.
Those connecting flights directly without leaving the airport don’t need to apply for the Transit visas.
Children sixteen (16) year and below are exempted from visa payment and are not expected to make visa application.


A fees of USD $ 21 is charged for the transit visa.


The transit visa is valid for a period of 72 hours

Documents to Use

Applications are done online though the eCitizen -Department of Immigration Services

Processing Time

It takes two days to process

Related Videos

Kenya - Apply for a Transit Visa


Click register on E-Citizen online platform.
Select Register as a Visitor.
Once Logged in, Select Department of Immigration services.
Select Make Application.
Click the plus sign on Kenyan Visa.
Select the Apply for a Transit Visa, read the Instructions Carefully and click on the Apply Now button.
Fill in the application form, upload supporting documents, review your entry then click submit.
Make payment for the Travel Visa using either Visa Card, MasterCard and/ or other Debit Cards.
Await approval via email, then download and print the Visa from your eCitizen account.
Present your printed eVisa to the immigration officer at the port of entry

Required Information

Country you are making application from
Who are you making the application for (self/ child/ agent)
Full names
Date, Place, Country of birth
Fathers and Mothers name
Current Nationality
Country of residence
Physical address in country of residence and phone number
Passport number, place of issue, date of issue and expiry date
Previous visits to Kenya.
Previous denied entry into other country
Criminal history

Need for the Document

Visas are the permission granted by a sovereign nation to a traveller permitting entry for a specific purpose.
The transits visa is issued for periods not exceeding three days to persons whose nationalities require visas to enter Kenya and who intend to transit through Kenya to a different destination.

Information which might help

All incomplete applications will be rejected.
Note that a visa is required prior to entry into Kenya.
Visa processing fee is non-refundable.
Providing false information is an offence and will make your Transit visa invalid
The possession of a Transit Visa is not the final authority to enter the Republic of Kenya.
Engaging in any form of business or employment without a requisite permit or pass is an offence.
Please Note Children sixteen (16) year and below are exempted from visa payment and are not expected to make visa application.
In the event of lapse during payment please do not re-apply, contact the administrator on

External Links

How to apply for an eVisa


The possession of a visa for Kenya is not the final authority to enter Kenya.
The Immigration Officer at the port of entry may refuse such a person permission to enter if he is satisfied that such a visitor is unable to fulfil the immigration requirements and that the entry and presence of such a visitor, in Kenya would be contrary to national interests even though such a person may be in possession of a valid visa for Kenya, provided that any such refusal is consented to by the Director of Immigration Services Nairobi, his Deputy or Provincial Heads of Immigration at Mombasa, Kisumu, and Garissa or any other Senior Officer so authorized to deputize.

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