DEPARTMENT OF IMMIGRATION SERVICES

PERMITS AND PASSES

Permits.
Work/Residence Permits are issued to any Non-Kenyan wishing to engage in employment in Kenya whether in gainful employment or voluntary service. The Work/Residence Permits issued by the Department are classified from A to M inclusive. They are issued under Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act 2011 of Laws of Kenya. The following are the various classes of Permits and their respective requirements:

Class A.
Issued to persons who intend to engage in prospecting for minerals or mining.

Class A Requirements.

◦One should obtain or is assured to obtain the necessary licenses and registrations.
◦For renewals current license held for prospecting minerals and copy of PIN is required.
◦One has sufficient capital or resources for investment.
◦Processing Fee Kshs.10,000 non-refundable.


Class B.
Work permit issued to persons wishing to invest in Agriculture and Animal Husbandry.

Class B Requirements.
◦Proof of land ownership or leasehold interest in land for the purpose.
◦Proof of capital available for the purpose.
◦Clearance from relevant bodies.
◦For renewals current license held for prospecting minerals and copy of PIN is required.
◦Processing Fee Kshs.10,000 non-refundable.
◦Fee is Kshs. 100,000/= per year or part thereof.

Class D.
This issued to a person who is offered specific employment by a specific employer who is qualified to undertake that employment.

Class D Requirements.

•Copies of academic/professional certificates along with the CV.
•Evidence that the organization failed to fill the vacancy from the local labor market.
•Form 25 dully filled, signed and sealed by the company.
•Processing Fee Kshs.10,000 non-refundable.
•Fee is Ksh. 200,000/= per year or part thereof.

Class G.
Work permit issued to investors in specific trade, business or consultancy.


Class G Requirements.

◦Documentary proof of capital to be invested/already invested minimum of 100,000 US dollars or equivalent in any other currency.
◦Registration certificate of the company OR certificate of incorporation.
◦Copies of personal and company PIN (Personal Identification Number) if business is running.
◦For renewals; audited accounts for previous 2 years and a certificate of tax compliance from the Kenya Revenue Authority.
◦Processing Fee Kshs.10,000 non-refundable.
◦Fee is Kshs. 100,000/= per year or part thereof.

Class I.
Work/Residence permit issued to a member of missionary society approved by the Government of Kenya and whose presence is beneficial to the country.


Class I Requirements.

◦A copy of registration certificate of the organization.
◦Academic and professional certificates of the applicant.
◦Processing Fee Kshs.1,000 non-refundable.
◦Fee is Kshs. 5,000/= per year or part thereof.

Class K.
Residence permit issued to persons who have an assured income derived from sources outside and undertakes not to accept paid employment of any kind.


Class K Requirements.

◦Documentary proof of assured income is required for Class K.
◦Processing Fee Kshs.10,000 non-refundable.
◦Fee is Kshs. 100,000/= per year or part thereof.

Class M.
Work permit issued to Conventional Refugees.

Class M Requirements.

◦Recognition letters from UNHCR and Department of Refugee Affairs.
◦Processing Fee Gratis.
◦Permit is issued gratis.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS.

◦Dully filled and signed application Form 3.
◦Covering letter from employer/self/organization depending on the class (as applicable)
◦Copies of the National Passport.
◦Two coloured Passport size photographs.

NOTE:

◦Application fees are only payable upon receipt of an approval notification.
◦Dully completed Entry Permit applications should be submitted at immigration Aliens counter 9 located atNyayo House Ground floor (south wing) for acknowledgement.
◦Applications for renewal of entry permits should be done three months prior to expiry date.
◦These permits are normally issued for period of two years.
◦A fee 40/= is payable for Application forms.

REQUIREMENTS AND WORK PROCESSES FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCY ELIGIBILITY AND REQUIREMENTS FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCY:
Under Section 37 of the Citizenship and Immigration Act, 2011, the following categories of applicants, their children and spouses detailed below are eligible upon meeting the prescribed requirements. In normal practice holders of permanent residency are expected to be domiciled in the country. CATEGORY: A (Ex-Citizens of Kenya) Applicants who were Kenya citizens at birth but now:


  1. Have renounced or lost citizenship status.
  2. Are denied the opportunity by their countries of domicile from holding dual citizenship
  3. The children and spouses of the above mentioned applicants.

Requirements

  • Application letter
  • Dully filled Form 23
  • Dully filled questionnaire for intending applicants- Category A
  • Proof of Previous Kenya Citizenship-Copy of birth certificate/ Identity card/or Passport
  • Certified copy of the current passport
  • 2 passport size photos
  • Police Clearance Certificate issued by country of domicile
  • Processing fees KSHS: 10,000.00 (NON REFUNDABLE)
  • Issuance fees KSHS: 15.000.00 (PAYABLE ONCE UPON APPROVAL)


CATEGORY: B ( Lawful Residents of Kenya) Applicants who have held work permits for at least 7 years; (i) And have been continuously resident in the country for three years immediately preceding the permanent residence application. (ii) The children and spouses of the above mentioned applicants. Requirements Applicants must provide proof of lawful residence on work permits for a minimum of 7 years and with continuous 3 years residency in Kenya preceding the application for permanent residency. Applicants must demonstrate a strong position to make tangible contribution to socio-economic development of the country hence priority will be given to investors and highly qualified professionals. In, this framework, applicants may be required to appear in person for interview to confirm or verify these facts. Documentary Requirements:


  • Application letter
  • Dully filled Form 23
  • Dully filled questionnaire for intending applicants- Category B
  • Dully filled Residence status form
  • Copy of the Work permit(s)
  • Copy of the passport
  • 2 passport size photos
  • Police Clearance Certificate (Original)
  • Processing fees KSHS: 10,000.00 (NON REFUNDABLE)
  • Issuance fees KSHS: 500,000.00 (PAYABLE ONCE UPON APPROVAL)


Spouses

  • Application letter
  • Dully filled Form 23
  • Dully filled questionnaire for intending applicants- Category B
  • Dully filed Residence status form
  • Demonstrate marriage and family life
  • Certified copy of the marriage certificate
  • Copy of dependant pass/ work permit(s)
  • 2 passport size photos
  • Police Clearance Certificate (Original)
  • Processing Fees KSHS: 10,000.00 (NON REFUNDABLE)
  • Issuance Fees KSHS:500,000.00 (PAYABLE ONCE UPON APPROVAL)


Children (below 18 years)

  • Application letter
  • Dully filled Form 23
  • Dully filled questionnaire for intending applicants- Category B
  • Certified copy of the birth certificate
  • Certified copies of the parents birth certificates/
  • 2 passport size photos
  • Copy of dependant pass
  • Processing Fees KSHS: 10,000.00 (NON REFUNDABLE)
  • Issuance Fees KSHS:500,000.00 (PAYABLE ONCE UPON APPROVAL)

CATEGORY: C (Children of Kenya Citizens) Children of Kenya Citizens born outside the country and have acquired foreign citizenship of their country of residence/domicile. NOTE: Applicants may qualify for Kenya Citizenship. Requirements

  • Application letter
  • Dully filled Form 23
  • Dully filled questionnaire for intending applicants- Category C
  • Certified copies of the birth certificate
  • Certified copies of the parents birth certificates/ Kenya Passport(s)/ Identity Card(s)
  • Certified copy of the current passport
  • 2 passport size photos
  • Processing Fees KSHS:
  • Issuance Fees KSHS:


CATEGORY: D (Spouses of Kenya Citizens) Applicants who are spouses of Kenya citizens married for at least three years. Applicants must give ample proof of marriage and family life besides documentation furnished. In this framework, applicants may be required to appear in person for interview to confirm or verify these facts. Requirements

  • Application letter by Kenyan spouse
  • Dully filled Form 23
  • Dully filled Questionnaire for intending applicants- Category D
  • Dully filled Residence status form
  • Police Clearance Certificate ( Original)
  • Demonstrate marriage and family life
  • Certified copy of the marriage certificate
  • Copies of either passport/Identity card/ and birth certificate of Kenyan spouse
  • Copy of passport /birth certificate/ of the foreign spouse
  • Copies of work permit(s)/dependant pass of spouse if resident in Kenya
  • 2 passport size photos
  • Processing fees KSHS: 5,000.00 (NON REFUNDABLE)
  • Issuance fees KSHS: 50,000.00 (PAYABLE ONCE UPON APPROVAL)


NOTE: A joint sworn Affidavit by the spouses should be attached if marriage was not solemnized in Kenya.



PASSES:
STUDENT PASSES:

This document issued to person(s) seeking to enter and remain in the country for the purpose of receiving education or training at an educational or training establishment within the country by which he/she has been accepted as a student/pupil.

STUDENT PASSES REQUIREMENTS.

1.Application form(form 8) dully filled signed and stamped
2.Cover/forwarding letter from school stating the course and course duration
3.Copy of the passport • biodata pages • visa page
4.Two passport size photos
5.Commitment letter from parent/legal guardian/sponsor
6.6. The institution applying must be registered as an educational establishment. If the institution is relatively new a copy of registration must be submitted together with the application .

FEE FOR STUDENT PASSES:

Ksh.5,000/= per year or part thereof.


DEPENDANT PASSES:

DEPENDANT PASS REQUIREMENTS.

◦The applicant must be Kenyan Holder of valid entry permit Exempted person under Immunities Act (Cap. 179) and who are covered under section 4(3) (a) to (g) .
◦Application form dully filled and signed
◦Copy of the national passport of the dependant .
◦Two passport size photos of the dependant.
◦Copy of birth certificate or marriage certificate for immediate family members If the institution is relatively new a copy of registration must be submitted together with the application .

FEE FOR DEPENDANT PASSES:

Ksh.5,000/=


SPECIAL PASS:

This is a document issued to person(s) given specific employment by specific employer for a short duration not exceeding three (3) monthsose of receiving education or training at an educational or training establishment within the country by which he/she has been accepted as a student/pupil.

SPECIAL PASS REQUIREMENTS.

•Application form dully filled and signed
•Copy of the national passport
•Two passport size photos
•Forwarding letter from institution/applicant
•Clearance from regulatory bodies (medical and dentist board, pharmacy and poisons board, engineering board, NGO council, Ministry of Information. ion is relatively new a copy of registration must be submitted together with the application .

FEE FOR SPECIAL PASS:

Ksh.15,000/= Per month or part there of

RE-ENTRY PASS FEE

Ksh.1,000/=


KENYAN PASSPORT:

Application Procedure

A Kenyan who intends to acquire or to travel outside Kenya shall submit an application for a passport in person to the Passport Control Officer in a manner as may be prescribed. Applications can be submitted at the Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu Passport Control Offices.
(A) Application for ordinary/ East African Passport (First application)
The applicant shall submit an application for the passport in person in the prescribed manner i.e. Form 19.

An application shall be accompanied by:-
• Documentary evidence of Kenyan citizenship i.e. Original & copies of birth Certificate and National Identity Card, or a Certificate of naturalization or registration and Renunciation Certificate of former citizenship. • Current clear and un-mounted three passport size photographs as may be directed by the Passport Control Officer.
• The Application must be recommended in section '7' by a citizen of Kenya such as Minister of religion, a Minister or Legal Practitioner, an established Civil Servant or Bank Official personally acquainted with the applicant, but not by immediate relatives. The recommender must attach a copy of his/her National ID or passport.
• In the case of an applicant who is below the age of eighteen years, the parents or legal guardian’s written consent.
• In case of an applicant who is adopted, the original adoption certificate, clearance letter from the children’s department, and or, the Court ruling or award.
• Prescribed fee.

Note:

The Passport Control Officer may require the applicant for a passport to produce supplementary information so as to ascertain the citizenship or nationality of the applicant. These may include the applicant’s parent’s birth certificate, national identity card, or certificate of naturalization or registration.
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(B) Application for Replacement of Passport

The applicant shall submit an application for the passport in person in the prescribed manner or form.
An application shall be accompanied by:
• The previous passport and copy
• Three (3) Recent clear passport size photographs (coloured)
• In the case of a diplomatic passport, a letter from the Chief of protocol from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
• Prescribed fee

Note:

• The passport which was previously used and cannot be used any further shall immediately after the issuance of a new passport be cancelled by the Passport Control Officer.
• No person shall be issued with a new passport unless the application is accompanied by the previous passport.
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(C) Application for Replacement of a lost or mutilated passport

The applicant shall submit an application for the passport in person in the prescribed form.
The application shall be accompanied by:-
• An affidavit of the circumstances surrounding the loss, theft, mutilation or damage.
• A police report on the loss of the passport
• Prescribed fee

Note:

To ascertain the true circumstances on the loss, theft or damage of the passport, the applicant may be required to appear for an interview before a Passport Control Officer.
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(D) Application for Diplomatic passports

The applicant shall submit in addition to the requirements of ordinary passport a letter from the chief of protocol from the Ministry of foreign Affairs.
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(E) Disqualification of application for passports

A Passport Control Officer shall disqualify the application of any person:-
• Who is not a citizen of Kenya
• Who gives false information for the purpose of obtaining a passport
• Submits incomplete forms
• In respect of whom there is evidence of involvement in passport fraud, passport forgery or international crime(s).
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(F) Revocation of Passports

The Passport Control Officer may, where:-
• The holder of a passport or travel document permits another person to use his passport or travel document
• The holder of a passport has been deported or repatriated to Kenya at the expense of the government
• The holder engages in drug trafficking, money laundering, human trafficking, terrorist acts or any other illegal activity
• It is in national interest or national security
• It is discovered that a Kenyan over 21 years of age is a holder of a passport of another country
• The holder has a pending warrant of arrest, and
• The holder is a habitual criminal;
at any time withdraw, cancel or revoke the passport or travel document granted or issued to the holder.

Passport Requirements

1. New Passport

All applicants must fill the application forms Form 19
1. Be a Kenyan Citizen
2. Duly completed Passport application form Form 19
3. Applicant’s Birth, Adoption or Registration (original and photocopy) Certificate In some instances an applicant’s parent(s) birth certificate maybe required
4. New generation National Identity Card (original and copy)
5. Three coloured Passport size photographs of the applicant with one of photos duly certified as true likeness of the applicant by the recommender 6. Certified copy of the recommender’s National Identity Card

2. Replacement of Passport after (Expired / Filled up) 5/10 years

1. Duly completed Passport application Form 19
2. Expired or filled up Passport being replaced and its copy
3. Three coloured Passport size photographs of the applicant with one of photos duly certified as true likeness of the applicant by the recommender 4. Certified copy of the recommender’s National Identity Card

3. Replacement of Mutilated Passport

1. Duly completed Passport application form
2. Mutilated Passport to be replaced and its copy
3. An affidavit detailing the circumstances under which the mutilation occurred
4. Three coloured Passport size photographs of the applicant with one of photos duly certified as true likeness of the applicant by the recommender 5. Certified copy of the recommender’s National Identity Card

4. Replacement of Lost Passport

1. Original Birth Certificate
2. Duly completed Passport application form
3. Three coloured Passport size photographs of the applicant with one of photos duly certified as true likeness of the applicant by the recommender 4. An affidavit detailing the circumstances under which the loss occurred
5. Police abstract
6. Certified copy of the recommender’s National Identity Card
7. Letter explaining circumstances of loss

5. Diplomatic Passport

1. Duly completed Passport application form 19
2. Letter showing that the person meets the criteria set out in the third schedule of the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Regulations, 2012 Legal Notice No.64. 3. Old Passport or original Birth Certificate and National Identity Card together with their respective photocopies
4. Certified copy of the recommender’s National Identity Card
5. Three coloured Passport size photographs of the applicant with one of photos duly certified as true likeness of the applicant by the recommender

6. Temporary Permit

1. Duly completed Temporary Permit application form
2. National Identity Card and copy
3. Two coloured Passport size photographs
4. For an applicant under eighteen (18) years:

Notes:-

*Payment for lost and mutilated Passports are payable by banker’s cheque drawn in favour of Director of Immigration Services.
*Immediately upon collection of a new Passport, it is important that one reads through the notes, appends his/her signature and notes the Immigration Reference Number(R. No).
*Applicants under 18 years of age must have one of the Parents’/Guardians’ consent letter and a copy of the National Identity Card.
*All applicants are advised not to use third parties to follow up on their applications, but to consult directly with the Immigration Officers dealing with services being sought who are in official uniforms. *Applicant’s copy of National Identity Card is MANDATORY for every application.
These requirements are not exhaustive, if need be, more information may be required.

Please note that, applicants MUST come in person.

Any service that does not conform to the above standards should be
reported to the customer care help desk, supervisor in-charge,
Officer in-charge Passport section or to:-
The Director of Immigration Services, Nyayo House 9th Floor Rm 30
Or call us on
Tel: 020 2222022 (Nairobi), Email: dis@immigration.go.ke
For further information please visit our website:-
www.immigration.go.ke

We are Committed to Timely, Efficient and Effective Service Delivery

Passport Guidelines

1. In case of married woman-documentary evidence of marriage e.g. sworn affidavit, marriage certificate.
2. In case of children /people under the age of 18 years of age, written Consent from Father or legal guardian.
3. The Application must be recommended in section '6' by a citizen of Kenya who is not an immediate relative.
4. Applicant must be Bona Fide Kenya citizen.

Passport Fees and Timelines

Service offered Fees (in Ksh) Time-lines

New Application A series - 4,500 10 days
B series - 6,000 10 days
C series - 7,500 10 days

Replacement A series - 4,500 4 days
B series - 6,000
C series - 7,500 4 days

Lost Passport 12,000

(payable by Banker’s cheque) 4 days
Mutilated Passport 10,000 4 days
(payable by Banker’s cheque)
East African Passport 940 2 days
Diplomatic Passport 6,040 5 days
Temporary Passport 300 30 minutes

NB.

• Payment for lost and mutilated passports are payable by bankers' cheque drawn in favor of Director of Immigration Services.
• Immediately upon collection of a new passport, it is important that one reads through the notes, appends his/her signature and notes the immigration reference number (R.No) to facilitate communication with the passport control office.
• Children under 18 years of age must attach one of the parents'/guardians' consent letter or a copy of parent's/guardian's identity card.
• All applicants are advised not to use third parties to follow up on their application but to consult directly with the immigration officers dealing with service being sought.
• Passport application forms are also available at MalindiImmigration Office,LamuImmigration Office, Kenya Missions Abroad and from our website www.immigration.go.ke

• Please note applicants MUST come in person.

• Any service that does not conform to the above standards should be reported to the customer care help desk, supervisor in-charge, Officer in -charge passport section or to The director of Immigration Services,Nyayo House,9th floor Rm 30 or call us on Tel:020217240 (Nairobi) Email:dis@immigration.go.ke or info@immigration.go.ke

For further details please visit our website www.immigration.go.ke


PUBLIC NOTICE

We wish to further advice that Kenyan citizens who wish to travel to countries in the Far East e.g. Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, or to countries in the Middle East e.g. United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) should ensure that they hold the new generation Passports (i.e. their passports should have been issued from March 2008 onwards).



VISAS:

VISA REQUIREMENTS
The attention of all applicants for visas should be drawn to immigration requirements set out below:
A. PASSPORTS
i. Valid passports or other travel documents including Seaman’s Discharge Book, acceptable to the Government of Kenya are required for all persons wishing to enter Kenya.
ii. Passports must be valid for at least Six (6) Months.
iii. Passports must have a clean and a full visa page for endorsement.

B. PERMITS OR PASSES

Subject to the exemptions mentioned below, an immigration pass or permit is required by all persons, other than Kenya citizens wishing to enter Kenya.

C. EXEMPTIONS
Exemptions from permits are granted to all persons who are entitled to privileges and immunities under The Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act 2011 under section 34 (3) (a) to (g) laws of Kenya.

D. VISITORS

A bona fide visitor may be issued with a visitor’s pass on arrival at a port of entry into Kenya valid for a period not exceeding three months in the first instance provided that he is in possession of a valid passport or other travel document acceptable to the Government of Kenya, has a valid visa where required, is in possession of sufficient funds for subsistence while in Kenya and a return, or onward ticket to his country of origin, domicile or destination.
Nationals of East African Partner States holding valid passports and other acceptable travel documents may be issued with a visitor’s pass on arrival at a port of entry into Kenya valid for Six Months.
Travelers entering Kenya by road are advised to pass through the gazetted entry points and report immediately to an Immigration Officer.
Guidelines for visa applications referred / submitted to the Department of Immigration Headquarters for approval:

SINGLE JOURNEY VISAS (SJV)

REQUIREMENTS,
 Two visa application forms V.I to be duly filled, signed and dated.
 Two copies of an Invitation letter/ Cover letter from the applicant.
 Two copies of identity card if host is Kenyan.
 Two copies of valid residential work permit if host is a foreigner.
 Two copies of marriage certificate if visiting spouse.
 Two passport size photographs of the applicant.
 Two copies of valid Passport/travel document of the applicants Bio data page and page showing validity of at least six months.
 Two copies of medical referral letter from a hospital or a doctor for medical cases.
 Two copies of applicants residential/work permit if not residing in their country.
 Referral fee is USD 10

SINGLE JOURNEY VISA APPLICATION FROM COMPANIES/ORGANISATIONS

REQUIREMENTS
 Two visa application forms V.I to be duly filled, signed and dated.
 Two copies of valid Passport with a validity of at least six months.
 Two passport size photographs of the applicant.
 Cover letters to be on company/organization’s letterheads.
 Should specify the reason for applicant’s visit.
 Specify proposed date of entry and duration of stay.
 Show connection between applicant and the company/organization.
 The letter should have the name and signature of the person countersigning it.
 Single journey fee is USD 50

MULTIPLE JOURNEY VISAS (MJV)

REQUIREMENTS:

 Two visa application forms V.I to be duly filled, signed and dated.
 Two passport size photographs of the applicant.
 Two copies of a Cover letter from the applicant detailing the need for an MJV.
 Copies of previous visas.
 Applicants applying for aMultiple Journey Visa to visit their spouses should avail in addition to the above, the following: -
 Their spouses National identity Card if Kenyan
 Residential/Work permit if spouse is a foreigner
 Copy of marriage certificate
 Parents applying for Multiple journey Visa’s to Kenya to visit their children in schools should avail copies of valid pupil’s passes and copies of valid residential permits in their countries of residence  Fee is USD 100.

MULTIPLE JOURNEY VISA APPLICATION FROM COMPANIES/ORGANISATIONS

REQUIREMENTS:

 Two visa application forms V.I to be duly filled, signed and dated.
 Two passport size photographs of the applicant
 Copies of previous visas
 Two copies of a cover letter bearing the company/organization’s letterheads
 Should specify the reason for applicant’s frequent visits
 Show connection between applicant and the company/organization
 The letter should have the name and signature of the person countersigning it.
 Two copies of applicant’s resident permit if not residing in their country.
 Fee is USD 100


TRANSIT VISAS

REQUIREMENTS:

Two visa application forms V.I to be duly filled, signed and dated.
Two passport size photographs of the applicant.
Two copies of valid Passport/travel document with a validity of at least six months.
Copies of onward ticket/itinerary to a third destination.
Transit Visa Fee is USD 20.

All inquiries, where necessary, shall be made to:
The Director of Immigration Services
Nyayo House
P. O. Box 30191 00100
NAIROBI
Telephone: 000 254- 20-2222022, Extension 22057 Nairobi
Telegraphic address: “PRINCIM” Nairobi
Telex: 25396 PRINCIM
Fax No. 000 254- 20-2220731
E-MAIL: Visa Section: overseasection@gmail.com ,
visa@immigration.go.ke
WEBSITE: www.immigration.go.ke

TYPES OF VISAS

a) Ordinary Visa: Issued for Single or Multiple entries to persons whose nationalities require visas to enter Kenya.
b)Transit Visa: 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.
c) Diplomatic Visa: Issued for Single or Multiple entries to holders of Diplomatic passports who are on official duty.
d) Courtesy/ Official Visa: Issued to persons holding Official or Service passports on Official duty and to Ordinary passport holders who are not entitled to a Diplomatic visa; but where it is considered by the Director to be desirable on the grounds of international courtesy.
e) East Africa Tourist Visa: This is a joint tourist visa that entitles holders to travel to and within the Republic of Kenya, Republic of Rwanda and Republic of Uganda for the purpose of tourism.
Validity of East Africa Tourist Visa: 90 (Ninety days) Multiple Entry
Fee: US $100

Where to apply: Diplomatic missions of the Republic of Kenya, Republic of Rwanda and Republic of Uganda.
Immigration Offices,
Port of entry.
Note:
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.

QUASI-CONSULAR AGREEMENTS (FUNCTIONS)

The Government of Kenya acts in a quasi-consular capacity on behalf of the following Commonwealth countries. Visas and other consular services may be undertaken on behalf of these governments, by the Director of Immigration Services, Nairobi, strictly in accordance with the quasi-consular agreements, entered into between the Government of Kenya and the respective countries.
1. Gambia 2. Ghana 3. Jamaica 4. Lesotho 5. Mauritius 6. Sierra Leone 7. Singapore 8. Trinidad and Tobago 9. Tuvalu 10. U.K

CATEGORIES OF VISAS

CATEGORY 1:

a. NATIONALS OF THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES DO NOT REQUIRE VISAS TO ENTER KENYA.

Barbados, Fiji Island, Malaysia (For less than 30 days stay, Samoa, St.Lucia, Uganda
Belize, Ghana, Maldives, Sierra Leone, St.Kitts and Nevis Zambia
Botswana, Grenada, Mauritius, Singapore, Swaziland, Mauritius
Brunei, Darussalam, Jamaica, Namibia, South Africa (For less than 30 days stay) Tanzania, Namibia
Burundi, Kiribati, Nauru, Solomon Islands ,Seychelles, Tanzania
Cyprus, Lesotho, Papua, New Guinea, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad, Tobago
Dominica, Malawi ,Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Vanuatu
The Bahamas, Tonga, Tuvalu

b. THE FOLLOWING PERSONS DO NOT REQUIRE VISAS TO ENTER KENYA.

i. All persons whose passports are endorsed with valid Kenya re-entry passes or any other written authority in lieu of a re-entry pass.
ii. All passengers arriving and leaving by the same ship, and who do not leave the ship.
iii. All passengers in transit through Kenya arriving and leaving by the same aircraft or transferring to another aircraft and who do not leave the international transit lounges at the International Airports in Kenya.
iv. Holders of United Nations Organization Laissez-Passers whilst on official UN Business.
v. Holders of African Union Laissez-Passers whilst on official A.U. business.
vi. Holders of African Development Bank Laissez-Passers, whilst on official A.D.B. business
. vii. Holders of Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa Laissez-Passers, whilst on official ABEDA business.
viii. Holders of International Red Locust Control Organization for Central and Southern Africa Laissez-Passers, whilst on official I.R.L.C.O. business.
ix. Holders of Desert Locust Control Organization Laissez-Passers, whilst on official D.L.C.O. business.
x. Holders of COMESA Laissez-Passers, whilst on official COMESA business. xi. Holders of International Monetary Fund and World Bank Laissez – Passers whilst on official IMF/World Bank Business.
xii. Holders of Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Laissez- Passers whilst on official IGAD business.
xiii. Holders of African Airlines Travel Association (IATA) Laissez- Passers whilst on official business.
xiv. Holders of Environment Liaison Centre International (ELCI) Laissez-Passers whilst on official ELCI business.
xv. Holders of Union of Radio, Television Network of Africa (URTNA) Laissez- Passers whilst on official URTNA business.
xvi. Holders of International Labor Organization (ILO) Laissez – Passers whilst on official ILO business.
xvii. Holders of Preferential Trade Area/Common Market of East & Southern African Bank Laissez – Passers whilst on official PTA/COMESA business.
xviii. Holders of European Union Laissez – Passers whilst on official European Union business.
xix. Holders of CIP (International Potato Centre) Laissez – Passers whilst on official CIP business.
xx. Holders of African Reinsurance Corporation (ARC) Laissez – Passers whilst on official ARC business.
xxi. Holders of Diplomatic and Service Passports from The Islamic Republic of Iran for a period not exceeding (30) Days stay.
xxii. Holders of Diplomatic, Official, Special, and Service Passports, from The Republic of Turkey and members of their families holding valid Diplomatic, Official, Special, and Service Passports, while on Transit or Stay not exceeding ninety (90) days.
xxiii. Holders of Diplomatic, Official or Service Passports from the Federal Republic of Brazil for a period not exceeding ninety (90) days.
xxiv. Serving Members of the British Military (are exempted from visa formalities).
xxv. The manifested crew of ships and aircraft passing through or stopping in Kenya for periods not exceeding seven (7) days in the case of air crew and fourteen (14) days for ship’s crew.
xxvi. Owners of private aircraft stopping over for refueling in Kenya and who do not leave the precincts of the airport.

c. THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES HAVE CONCLUDED VISA ABOLITION AGREEMENTS WITH KENYA
i. Ethiopia
ii. San Marino

CATEGORY 2

(a) Nationals of the following countries, classes and categories of persons may be issued with visas on application, and without reference to the Director of Immigration Services, Nairobi, provided that they do not fall under the classes and categories of persons mentioned under Chapter 1, paragraph (E) of the Visa Regulations.

Albania ,Algeria ,Andorra, Angola, Antigua & Bermuda ,Argentina,Australia, Austria,

Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso

Cambodia, Canada, Cape Verde ,Central African Rep., Chad , Chile ,China (People's Republic) ,Colombia ,Comoros ,Congo,Republic of the (Congo Brazzaville) Costa Rica ,Cote d’Ivoire/ Ivory Coast ,Croatia ,Cuba ,Czech Republic

Denmark , Djibouti ,Dominican Rep ,Congo,Democratic Republic of the (Congo Kinshasa)

East Timor ,Egypt ,El Salvador ,Ecuador ,Equatorial Guinea ,Estonia

Finland ,France

Guyana, Gabon, Georgia Germany ,Greece ,Greenland ,Guatemala, Guinea ,Guinea Bissau

Haiti , Hong Kong (SAR)

MACAU (SAR)

Honduras ,Hungary

Iceland, India ,Indonesia , Iran , Ireland , Israel , Italy

Japan
Jordan

Kampuchea , Kazakhstan , Kirghizstan , Korea (South) , Kuwait

Laos , Latvia , Liberia , Liechtenstein , Lithuania , Luxembourg

Macedonia , Madagascar , Malagasy , Malta , Mauritania , Mexico , Moldova , Monaco , Mongolia , Morocco
Mozambique , Myanmar (formally Burma) , Nepal , Netherlands , Nicaragua , Niger , Nigeria, Norway

Oman

Pakistan , Palau , Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines ,Poland , Portugal

Qatar

Reunion , Romania , Russia

Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia , Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia , Slovenia ,Spain ,Sri Lanka, South Sudan, Sudan, Surinam , Sweden, Switzerland

Thailand , Togo , Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan

United States of America, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom , Uruguay , Uzbekistan ,

Vatican City, Venezuela , Vietnam

Yemen,Yugoslavia-and also Former States of Yugoslavia


(b) Delegates attending regional or international conferences, meetings, workshops, seminars and courses sponsored by regional or international organizations of which Kenya is a member.
Spouses and children accompanying delegates who fulfil the requirements of paragraph 2 (b) above may be issued with visas on application.

(c) Diplomats arriving to take up diplomatic assignments/appointments in Kenya may be issued with gratis entry visas on application and without reference to the Director of Immigration Services, Nairobi provided that: -
i. Such persons produce documentary evidence of their officialassignment /appointment to Kenya.
ii. Wives and children accompanying such diplomats who fulfill the requirements of category 2 (c) above; and provided such persons, their wives and children do not fall under Section 33 (1) and (2) of the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act, 2011.

(d) Diplomats and government officials coming to Kenya to conduct official business or transiting through Kenya may be issued with entry/transit visas on application and without reference to the Director of Immigration Services, Nairobi, provided that:
i. Such persons produce documentary evidence of the nature of their official business or transit.
ii. Spouses and children accompanying such diplomats and government officials who fulfill the requirements of category 2 (d) above and provided such persons, their spouses and children do not fall under Section 33 (1) and (2) of the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act, 2011.

Note: Diplomats and government officials on private visits to Kenya and who are nationals of countries that require referred visas, shall have their visa applications referred to the Director of Immigration Officer, Nairobi, for approval, in the usual manner.

CATEGORY 3

a) Nationals of Countries, Classes and Categories Of Persons Who Require Referred Visas.

Afghanistan , Armenia , Azerbaijan
Cameroon Democratic People's Republic of Korea (Formerly N. Korea)
Eritrea
Iraq
Kosovo
Lebanon, Libya
Mali
Palestine
Senegal, Somali , Syria
Tajikistan

b) Applicants against whom there is some local objections or doubt in the country where the application is made.
c) Stateless persons or persons not holding valid passports or other travel documents issued by their own country of nationality, including recognized refugee holders of the United Nations Refugee Travel Documents.
d) Prohibited immigrants as enumerated under Section 33 (1) and (2) of the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act,2011 .

N.B:

Where reference to the Director of Immigration Services, Nairobi, is necessary before the issue of a visa, the completed application forms in duplicate with the required documents of the applicant as stipulated in the guidelines mentioned shall be forwarded to the Director of Immigration Services, Nairobi, for approval in the usual manner to reach him at least one month prior to the proposed date of the applicant’s departure to Kenya.
Address for Communication

All inquiries, where necessary, shall be made to:
The Director of Immigration Services
Nyayo House
P. O. Box 30191 00100
NAIROBI
Telephone: 000 254- 20-2222022, Nairobi
Telegraphic address: “PRINCIM” Nairobi
Telex: 25396 PRINCIM
Fax No. 000 254- 20-2220731
E-MAIL: Visa Section: overseasection@gmail.com,visa@immigration.go.ke
WEBSITE: www.immigration.go.ke

VISA FEES

• The transit visa fee shall be US $ 20.
• The visa referral visa fee shall be US $ 10 non-refundable.
• The current standard visa fee for an ordinary or a Single Journey entry visa shall be US $ 50.
• The standard fee for multiple journey visas shall be US $ 100 for all nationalities.
NB: The above quoted fees are subject to change.




NATIONAL REGISTRATION BUREAU DEPARTMENT:

Application for a National Identity Card (New Applicants)

Initial Registration; No fee charged

1. Persons who qualify for this service. -Kenyan citizens who have never been issued with an Identity Card.
2. Requirements. Proof in support of age, names and place of birth:(any of the following)
• Birth certificates
• Religious Certificates
• School leaving Certificates
• Age assessment certificate from a medical officer of health.
• Child health card
• Notification of birth
• Letter of administrative officer-Chief/Assistant Chief
• Sworn Affidavits for late registration
• Proof in support of citizenship.
• Parents ID card for Kenyans by birth
• Certificate of registration as a Kenyan citizen (Kenyan by registration or naturalization)

Change of Particulars - Kshs 1,000

1. Persons who qualify for this service. A person holding an ID card can change from one civil status to another e.g. Change of name upon marriage, change of location, additional name etc.
2. Requirements:

A combination of any of the following documents depending on the type of change:-

• Marriage Certificate
• Deed Poll
• School leaving Certificates
• Sworn affidavits
• Confirmation letters from administrative office
• Birth Certificate
• Copy of parents ID card
• Parental consent to marriage
• Divorce Certificate

Replace Lost or Mutilated ID - Kshs 300

1. Persons who qualify for this service:

Persons who have lost 2nd generation ID card, Persons in possession of mutilated 2nd generation ID card.

2. Requirements

• In case of loss of an ID card, the applicant shall produce a police abstract or a letter from an administrative officer certifying the loss.
• ID card number/photocopy if available.
• If ID card number is unknown, the department resorts to search using fingerprints.

Duplicate Registration; Ksh. 300

Replacement of 1st Generation IDs - Kshs 300

1. Persons who qualify for this service. 'Kenyans that are still holding the 1st generation ID/Card'

2. Requirements

• Old Id card
• In case of loss of the old ID card, the applicant shall produce a police abstract or a letter from an administrative officer certifying the loss.
• Copy of ID card, or tangible evidence of the same.
• If ID card number is unknown, the department resorts to search using fingerprints.
• Fee : Kshs. 300

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC:

Application forms are found at your nearest Registration Office.

Ksh.1,000/=



CIVIL REGISTRATION DEPARTMENT:

Civil Registration Department

As a department, we are committed to offering quality, efficient and timely service to our customers whenever they seek registration of births and deaths services. This can only be achieved when the public clearly understands our services and the particular requirements. It is our earnest hope that you will find this website useful, and that the required information pertaining to our services duly provided.

Services Provided by the Civil Registration Department

• Applying for a Birth Certificate
• Applying for a Death Certificate
• Application Forms
• Fees Charged
• Stations and Contact Office Address

What you need to Know about Registration on Births

Right From the start

• The very first right of a child as soon as he/she is born is a right to a name, to an identity and to nationality. The only way to claim these rights is to have the birth of your child registered and issued with a certificate of birth…..RIGHT from the start..!
• Your child has a right to be registered right from the start so as to enjoy their right to official identification and recognition.
Your Unregistered Child is a Vulnerable Child.
• She/he is unprotected from child theft and trafficking
• Vulnerable to arraignment in a court of law
• Vulnerable to child marriage

Secure Your Future

• Your record of birth is a source of information for good governance and is used by the government for planning and allocation of resources for education, health, water and sanitation and other sectors.
Your Proof to Family Ties
• Avoid disinheritance of your children in the event of your death.
• A birth certificate is the only official documentary evidence identifying you as the parent of your children
Your Ticket to FAST Acquisition of Essential Services
• Your child’s birth certificate will be required for school admission, for acquisition of a national Identity card, for acquisition of a passport, for proof of kinship when making inheritance claims.
• Register the birth of your child as soon as it occurs and obtain a birth certificate to avoid the inconveniences of registering late.

Applying for a Birth Certificate

What you need to know:

Birth Registration

• Reporting of the occurrence of a birth must be done as soon as it occurs and not later than three months after occurrence. The report is made to area Assistant chief’s office if the birth occurs at home and to the hospital personnel if the birth occurs in a hospital.
• Assistants Chiefs or Hospital personnel issue you with a birth reporting receipt called Acknowledgement of birth Notification (ABN) free of charge
Where to apply for a birth certificate
• Applications are made at the district registrar’s office and certificates issued from the same office
• However parents and guardians of pupils/students are advised to visit school head teachers of their children where they can be advised on the process of applying for the birth certificates. Head teachers have been allowed to assist parents in the processing of birth certificates for the pupils.
• Applications can also be made at the office of the local assistant chief

How to Apply

1. Where the child was registered at birth (Current registration)

• Obtain a birth certificate application form from the head teacher, Assistant chief or from the District Civil Registrar at the District Commissioner’s office.
• After filling the form, attach Acknowledgment of birth notification (ABN) of child to facilitate search of the birth record at the District Civil Registrar’s office
• Where the birth notification is missing, attach the child’s clinic card that shows exact place and date of birth
• Attach birth certificate fee of Kshs. 50 and any record amendment fee as advised by the office in case amendments are required on the original record of birth.
• Return the completed birth certificate application form with the relevant fee to the head teacher, Assistant chief or the District Civil Registrar at the District Commissioner’s office.
• After seven days from the date of submission, return to where you submitted the forms to collect your certificate

2. Where the child was not registered at birth (Late Registration of a Birth)

• Obtain a birth certificate application form from the head teacher, Assistant chief or from the District Civil Registrar at the District Commissioner’s office.
• After filling the form, attach relevant supporting documents, which includes, but not limited to the following:
• Clinic card OR baptismal/dedication card OR School leaving certificate OR all if available
• In the absence of an existing document showing the date of birth, a letter from the head teacher indicating date of birth as declared during admission to the school should be attached to the application
• Identity cards of parents OR death certificates if deceased or an Assistant chiefs letter if they are deceased and a death certificate is unavailable
• Return the completed birth certificate application form with certificate fee of Kshs 150 to the head teacher, Assistant chief or the District Civil Registrar at the District Commissioner’s office
• After seven days from the date of submission, return to where you submitted the forms to collect your certificate

3. Registration of Street Children and Orphans Registration Requirements

• Committal documents from a court indicating that custody of the child has been duly granted.
• Letter from the Children’s Department indicating that the child in question is indeed abandoned
• In addition to NO 2 above, if the child is housed by an Institution such as children homes, a letter from the institution, providing the child’s history including the date of birth according to an age assessment test must be provided.
• Police report where the report was made when the abandoned child was found.

Note:
- The process of obtaining a birth or death certificate is much faster if the birth or death is registered immediately after occurrence
- A birth or death is registered as per the district of occurrence
- Receipts are issued for all payments ranging from Kshs. 50/- to Kshs. 150/-

Applying for Death Certificate

Death registration
Reporting the occurrence of a death must be done as soon as it occurs and not later than one month after occurrence. The report is made to the area Assistant Chief’s office if the death occurs at home and to the hospital personnel if the death occurs in hospital. The Assistant chief or the hospital personnel issue you with a burial permit free of charge.
Where to apply for a death certificate
Applications are made at the District Registrar’s office and certificates issued from the same office.

How to apply
1. Where the death was registered at occurrence (current registration)

• Obtain a death application form from the District Registrar’s office at the District Commissioners office.
• After filling the form, attach the burial permit to facilitate the search of record at the District civil Registrars’ office.
• Also attach the deceased’s national identity card
• Attach a death certificate fee of Kshs. 50 and any record amendment fee as advised by the office in case amendments are required on the original record of death
• Return the completed birth certificate application form with the relevant fee to the District Civil Registrar at the District Commissioners office

2. Where the death was not registered at occurrence (late registration)

• Obtain a late registration of death form the District Registrar’s office at the District Commissioner’s office
• After filling the form, attach the relevant supporting documents, which include: Letter from Assistant Chief where the death occurred
• Sworn affidavit
• Deceased’s national identity card
• Letter from the hospital where the death occurred
• Applicants national identity card
• Return the completed death certificate application form with a certificate fee of Kshs. 150 to the District Civil Registrar at the District Commissioners’ office

N/B:
• The process of obtaining a death certificate is much faster if the birth is registered immediately after occurrence
• Applicants are notified that receipts are issued for all payments ranging from Kshs. 50/- to Kshs. 150/-

Note:
- The process of obtaining a birth or death certificate is much faster if the birth or death is registered immediately after occurrence
- A birth or death is registered as per the district of occurrence
- Receipts are issued for all payments ranging from Kshs. 50/- to Kshs. 150/-

Registration Processes

The Act postulates that Registration of these events should be done before expiration of six and three months of the occurrence of birth and death respectively. Registration after six months which is considered late as per Act is done at the discretion of the District Registrar and after production of the required documents.

Where it occurs in a health institution, the event is notified to the officer-in-charge of the institution who similarly submits to the local district registrar. For this reason, the hospital staff and assistant chiefs have been designated as registration assistants. They are accordingly supplied with registration forms and are required to submit completed registration forms to the district registrar every month or such shorter period as the registrar may prescribe in the case of busy hospitals.

Once the forms are submitted to the District Registrar, he checks them for correctness, and if satisfied, gives each form a registration number and signs it. It is the act of numbering (giving the record a unique number) and signing the record that completes the process of registration. A separate series of registration numbers of births and deaths is started at the beginning of each year. Accordingly, it is the number and year that identifies each registered event.

For each birth or death, a registration form known as the birth or death register is completed in duplicate. One copy is retained in the district treasury and the other copy is dispatched to headquarters. The District Registrar is required to preserve and secure all the copies retained in the registry. It is from these records that birth and death certificates are prepared and issued. The central records registry at the headquarters keeps every duplicate as a back-up record.

Agents for Registration

Birth and deaths registration is done by two agents: the Provincial Administration and the hospital personnel. The provincial administration registers events that occur at home while the hospital personnel register events that occur in hospitals.

Fees Charged

The fees are charged as follows:-

For already registered cases i.e. current registration

For a birth certificate without amendments Kshs 50/-
For a death certificate without amendment Kshs 50/-
Amendments/corrections
Name of the child alone Kshs 50/-
Name of parents alone Kshs 90/-
Both name of child and parents kshs 130/-
For re-registration upon legitimation/recognition Kshs 90/-
For late registration i.e. events registered after six months from date of occurrence
Late registration of birth Kshs 150/-
Late registration of a death Kshs 150/-

 

e-Services

ONLINE FOREIGN NATIONAL SERVICES

This is to inform the general public that the department is in the process of having all foreign national services go online. To ensure smooth transition we shall start to pilot with the permits and passes applications from 1st march 2016. You will be notified later when the other services like Alien Cards, Permanent Residency (PR) and Kenya Citizenship applications will commence online. Please note accordingly. For more information Click Here

WAIVER OF VISA FEES FOR ALL CHILDREN UNDER 16 YEARS FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES.

The Government Of Kenya has waived visa fees for all children aged 16 years and below who are accompanying their parents to Kenya. Effective Date 1st February 2016.

LAUNCH OF e-PASSPORT

This is to notify the general public that the East Africa Heads of states will launch the regional e-Passport during the 17thEAC Heads of States Summit to be held on Wednesday 2nd march 2016 in Arusha,Tanzania. The actual issuance of the e-Passport shall commence towards the end of the year. The ePasssport shall be embedded with a contactless electronic chip. The e-Passport upon implementation will have the following benefit;

  • Secure identification of the traveler;
  • Provide protection against identity theft;
  • Eliminate passport data skimming;
  • Provide regional identity of EAC member states citizens;

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This is to inform the General Public that as from 15th April 2015,
all Passport Applications will be made Via www.ecitizen.go.ke. Manual Applications will not be accepted.

ecitizens
Online e-Visa and the manual Visa Applications will continue to run concurrently until
further notice. Online visa application for Kenya can be made via www.ecitizen.go.ke.

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