Visa Services for Kenya High Commission
Gerry’s Visa Services started visa drop box services for the Kenyan High Commission in September 2010. These services are provided to the Kenyan visa applicants from Gerry's countrywide offices.
9th January 2019
Due to temporary technical issues, the Kenyan visa application form is temporarily unavailable on the Kenyan High Commission’s website. For any assistance please contact Gerry’s Contact Center at (0900-07860)
VISA APPLICATION PROCESS:
Applications can be submitted at Gerry's offices personally by the applicants or their authorized representatives. Applicants do not require any appointments at Gerry's offices to submit their applications. Before applying, please ensure you are very clear on your purpose of visit, therefore, it is strongly recommended to read the requirements document (attached under) as provided by the Kenya High Commission.
Do remember we are here to assist and help you through the entire visa application process but are not permitted to advise or guide you on choosing a visa category. Since our work is primarily administrative in nature, we have no say on whether you will be granted a visa and how long it will take to process your application, as this is entirely the prerogative of the High Commission.
An interview may also be conducted by the Consular Official at the Kenya High Commission.
Visa Categories and Requirements:
- Transit Visa
- Single Entry Visa (Business, Tourism, Family Visit)
- EATV (East Africa Tourist visa)
Note: EATV visa will be valid for 3 months (90 days) single but multiple within the three partner states. (Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda). The EATV will run parallel to the Kenyan visa as all the same requirements of Kenya visit visa continue to apply.
Visa document requirements and applications form can be downloaded from the following links
Basic Documents Required:
- Duly filled form 22.
- Two coloured passport size photos.
- Original passport along with old passports.
- Letter of invitation.
- Visa Fee: USD 50
- The host ID card or passport copy.
- Introduction letter from the employer
- Return ticket
- Bank statement.
- Hotel booking
- Processing time is 2 to 3 working days.
Kenya high Commission normally takes up to a week to process the visa applications. This time could vary depending on the procedures at the High Commission.
After issuance of the Visa
All visitors to Kenya must be in possession of a certificate of vaccination against yellow fever and cholera. Anyone who fails to comply with this regulation may be refused to enter Kenya by the Kenyan Immigration authority at the airport.
The total area of Kenya is 580,367 km² (224,081 sq. mi). The geography of Kenya is diverse; it varies amongst Kenya's 47 Counties. Kenya has a coastline on the Indian Ocean, which contains swamps of East African mangroves. Inland are broad plains and numerous hills. Central and Western Kenya is characterized by the Kenyan Rift Valley home to two of Africa's highest mountains, Mount Kenya and Mount Elgon. The Kakamega Forest in western Kenya is a relic of an East African rainforest. Much larger is the Mau Forest, the largest forest complex in East Africa. The total population of Kenya is 49,125,325. Nairobi is the capital of Kenya. English and Kiswahili is the national language of Kenya. According to an estimate of Christianity (83%), Muslim 11.2%, indigenous beliefs 1.7% and nonreligious 2.4%.
Kenya's climate varies from tropical along the coast to temperate inland to arid in the north and northeast parts of the country. The area receives a great deal of sunshine every month, and summer clothes are worn throughout the year. It is usually cool at night and early in the morning inland at higher elevations. The "long rains" season occurs from March/April to May/June. The "short rains" season occurs from October to November/December. The rainfall is sometimes heavy and often falls in the afternoons and evenings. The temperature remains high throughout these months of tropical rain. The hottest period is February and March, leading into the season of the long rains, and the coldest is in July, until mid-August. Kenya has a warm, temperate climate year-round. Peak travel season is Jul–Oct, due to the dry weather and the migration of wild beasts and zebras into the Masai Mara. During the rainy season (Apr-May), some lodges may close down, and there is also a shorter rainy season in Nov. Migratory birds may be present Sep-Apr. Popular events include Nairobi's East African Arts Festival (Mar); the Mombasa Carnival, with parades and food stalls; and the Lamu Cultural Festival (Nov), with sailing and donkey races.
Transport in Kenya is varied and chaotic, with no one dominant means of transport. For long distance travel, bus transport dominates. Low-speed rail travel has long been a rural long-distance transport mechanism, though plans are underway to expand services with high-speed rail lines extending to several major regions of Kenya. Road transportation is the primary form of freight transport across the country.
The culture of Kenya consists of multiple traditions. Kenya has no single prominent culture that identifies it. It instead consists of the various cultures of the country's different communities. Notable populations include the Swahili on the coast, several other Bantu communities in the central and western regions, and Nilotic communities in the northwest. The Maasai culture is well known to tourism, despite constituting a relatively small part of Kenya's population. They are renowned for their elaborate upper body adornment and jewelry. Kenya has a long oral and written literary tradition, primarily in English and Swahili, the two official languages of the country.
Kenya has a diverse assortment of popular music forms, in addition to multiple types of folk music based on the variety over 40 regional languages. Popular Kenyan music usually involves the interplay of multiple parts, and more recently, showy guitar solos as well. Lyrics are most often in Kiswahili or English. Additionally, Kenya has a growing Christian gospel music scene.
Breakfast in the morning (kiamsha kinywa) - is usually tea or porridge with bread, chapati, mahamri, boiled sweet potatoes or yams. lunch in the afternoon (chakula cha mchana) - Githeri is a common lunch time dish in many households. supper in the evening (chakula cha jioni or known simply as "chajio") - Ugali with vegetables, sour milk (Mursik), meat, fish or any other stew is generally eaten by much of the population for lunch or supper. In between, they have the 10 o'clock tea (chai ya saa nne) and 4 p.m. tea (chai ya saa kumi). Among the Luo, fish is a common dish in western Kenya, while among the Kalenjin who dominate much of the Rift Valley Region, mursik—sour milk—is a major drink. In cities such as Nairobi, there are fast food restaurants, including Steers, KFC, and Subway. There are also many fish and chip shops.
Kenya is active in several sports, among them cricket, rallying, football, rugby union and boxing. The country is known chiefly for its dominance in middle-distance and long-distance athletics, having consistently produced Olympic and Commonwealth Games champions in various distance events. Kenya has been a dominant force in women's volleyball within Africa, with both the clubs and the national team winning various continental championships in the past decade. The women's team has competed at the Olympics and World Championships though without any notable success. Cricket is another popular sport, also ranking as the most successful team sport. Kenya has competed in the Cricket World Cup since 1996. They won the inaugural World Cricket League Division 1 hosted in Nairobi and participated in the World T20. They also participated in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. Kenya is represented by Lucas Onyango as a professional rugby league player who plays with Oldham R.L.F.C. Besides the former European Super League team, he has played for Widens Vikings and rugby union with Sale Sharks. Rugby union is increasing in popularity, especially with the annual Safari Sevens tournament. The Kenya Sevens team ranked 9th in IRB Sevens World Series for the 2006 season. In 2016, the team beat Fiji at the Singapore Sevens finals, making Kenya the second African nation after South Africa to win a World Series championship. Kenya was also a regional powerhouse in football. However, its dominance has been eroded by wrangles within the now-defunct Kenya Football Federation, leading to a suspension by FIFA which was lifted in March 2007. In the motor rallying arena, Kenya is home to the world-famous Safari Rally, commonly acknowledged as one of the toughest rallies in the world. It was a part of the World Rally Championship for many years until its exclusion after the 2002 event owing to financial difficulties. Nairobi has hosted several major continental sports events, including the FIBA Africa Championship 1993 where Kenya's national basketball team finished in the top four, its best performance to date.
Famous Touristic places include Nairobi, Mombasa, Ol Tukai, Nakuru, Ithumba, Kisumu, Eldoret, Lodwar, Mandera.