WHAT YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT KENYA VISA EXTENSION
One of the problems tourists face in Kenya, just like in other countries, is getting bounced on arrival or after a while because their visa got expired or has a close expiration date. We at Travel Beta believe nothing should steal into the time you have to tour Kenya not even an expired Visa.
To gain entry into Kenya, you need to possess a valid Kenyan visa. You can obtain this visa before you enter the country or once you touchdown at the airport. The Ordinary single Journey Visa which goes for about US$50/€40/UK£30, can be obtained on arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. Most Kenyan Visas, once issued, are valid for 90 days, regardless of when you applied for it. For you not to be denied a visa extension, we advise you to make necessary consultations with the Kenyan missions in the country you’re traveling from into Kenya.
Have you been enjoying the thrill of touring Kenya for almost three months? You will be saddened to have your tour cut short because of an expired visa. Of course, there are a lot more beautiful sites to see. The good news is that you don’t have to panic anymore if your tourist/holiday Kenyan visa is at the verge of expiring. You don’t have to throw in the towel yet, because your stay can be extended.
Yeah, you got that right. Your Tourist/Holiday (Ordinary Single Journey) visas can be extended for three months more. But you have to ensure that you apply for an extension before your current visa expires.
How do I go about this visa extension?
This blog post is an essential guide to teach you what you must know about the Kenyan visa extension.
Kenyan visas are renewed at Kenyan immigration offices during regular office hours, and the extensions are usually issued on a same-day basis.
The office hours are usually Monday – Friday from 08:30 am to 12:30 pm and from 02:00 pm to 03:00 pm. Kenyans are friendly and will make the process stress free for you.
You will need:
- Two passport photos for a three-month extension
- Some more cash for your visa extension.
The prices vary from one immigration office to another, depending on the office you visit.
Visa renewals occur at any of the following local Immigration offices located at;
Sometimes, the smaller offices that are not able to handle your extension request may refer you back to Nairobi, Mombasa or Kisumu for your visa extensions.
Keep in mind that;
- A visitor who is over 18years and whose stay in Kenya goes beyond 90 days from their entry date is legally eligible to register as an Alien at any immigration office in Kenya.
- The extension will be issued only to applicants who are visiting Kenya for a short period that doesn’t exceed 90 days. Therefore if you have to stay longer than 90 days, ensure to consult the Department of Immigration in Nairobi to apply for the right resident permit.
- Always check with the Kenyan mission offices in your resident country for the latest entry requirements before you embark on your journey.
- Your visa becomes invalid once you leave Kenya regardless of its expiration date.
Below are the major local Department of Immigration offices and their locations:
- Nairobi –Nyayo House, along Kenyatta Avenue/Uhuru Highway
- Kisumu –First floor, Reinsurance Plaza
- Mombasa – UhurunaKazi Building, Mama Ngina Drive
This guide will help you go through the right process to apply for a visa extension without encountering any problems.
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